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About ETpedia

ETpedia is a range of must-have resources for anyone teaching English as a foreign language, whether you’re a novice teacher, a student working towards an ELT qualification, or an experienced professional looking for a fresh approach. 

Accessible and easy-to-use

Whether you’re looking for activities for teaching specific topics, time-saving tips for planning your lessons, or advice to help you quickly build rapport with students, it’s all here. Read it straight through or dip in and out – ETpedia’s unique format of lists of 10 top tips, ideas, questions, activities and resources makes it easy for you to find what you’re looking for.

Lifesaving resources for when you need them most

From inspiration for last-minute classes to practical tools to help you overcome teacher’s block and make your lessons more engaging. With printable worksheets you’ll use time and again, ETpedia is full of ideas you can use now and adapt later.

Take control of your professional development

From essential classroom observation tasks to tips on developing your own personal learning network, ETpedia’s practical advice gives you a helping hand towards career progression and success.

About series editor John Hughes

John Hughes has worked in English language teaching for 23 years as a teacher, trainer, manager, blogger, and author. He naturally fell into his EFL career whilst travelling to European theatres as part of his MA research. On his trip to southern Poland he fell in love with the region and accepted a job in a Polish university where he began helping students to develop their English language skills.

Whilst planning for lessons John decided to supplement course materials with his own worksheets and alternative practice activities. He then went on to develop tailor-made materials for courses in a variety of language schools to improve the learning experience for students.

John has taught across Europe and has managed ELT departments in Poland, Italy, Malta and the UK which in turn helped to inspire his own practice. He is now settled in the UK with his family working part-time as a teacher trainer at Oxford University whilst continuing to speak at international teacher conferences and to write.

John has published books in a wide variety of different styles and formats, and for a range of audiences from teenagers to business level. His portfolio includes workbooks, teacher’s books, worksheets and material for digital publishing including blogs and a column for The Guardian. His first book was published in 2005 and he has since written a series of titles for Oxford University Press and the successful English Teaching professional title Lessons in your Rucksack.

His work continues to contribute towards the professional development of ELT teachers and inspires great practice worldwide. Such an impressive and successful career makes him a trusted authority amongst English teaching professionals and a voice we are very pleased to share with you through the ETpedia series and blog.

"It's the book I wish I'd had when I first started teaching."

- John Hughes, author of ETpedia