The first Newsletter was produced and distributed by Leonora Fröhlich-Ward in May 1986. In the early days the Newsletters were desktop-created affairs, sent out by snail-mail and with little or no funding support beyond postage. A look at the gallery of Newsletters through the ages underlines the differences in technical sophistication between earlier times and now.
The Newsletter has had many logos and as you can see from the back issues, a number of name changes, moving from the original simple ‘Special Interest Group for Young Learners’ to ‘The Young Learner’ (October 1988 issue) to ‘YL Bulletin’ (February 1990 issue) to ‘CATS’ (Spring 1999 issue) to ‘Young Learners’ (Autumn 2006 issue), to ‘C&TS’ (Spring 2012 issue), to ‘TEYLT Worldwide’ (October 2016 issue). A more professional look, with a logo homogenised to match the format approved by the central publications committee started with the issue of Summer 1999, only to morph once more as from Spring 2012 into the colourful format of today!
David Valente edited the Special Pearl Jubilee Edition of the newsletter, published in April 2016. This member-access publication is a fascinating collection charting 30 years of developments in our field. The authenticity and the way the contributors have incorporated their professional and personal spheres is especially impressive. It provides both recognition and a celebration of innovation in YLT and is a must read for members old and new.
A particular member favourite is our regular Talking to… features, representing a wide variety of YLT interests. One of the many superb examples is
Janet Enever’s interview with best-selling children’s author and illustrator, Nick Sharratt, first published in the CATS Spring 2006 newsletter. We were happy to reprint this feature in the Pearl Anniversary edition where you can read all about Nick’s views on books, children and creativity:
Past IATEFL President, Carol Read was a long-serving Joint Editor of the Newsletter (1998-2006). You can read her Centrepiece for our Pearl Jubilee edition, ABC of Changes in PELT Over the Past 30 Years here:
The newsletter is an international publication and our members work in many different countries and educational contexts in both state and private sectors – including pre-school, primary and secondary schools and language centres as well as in the fields of materials / content development, teacher education and academic management. Your contribution should be fresh, engaging and of interest to YLT classroom practitioners.
We welcome articles on a wide range of topics related to teaching English to one of these age ranges:
It is advisable to contact the Editor with a proposed title and outline of the content of your article before submission in order to check its potential suitability for forthcoming issues.
Our Reviews section shares new and exciting publications around a particular theme and our highly popular Talking to… feature includes 2 interviews per issue focussing on practitioners from different specialisms / teaching backgrounds. If you would like to submit a piece for these particular sections, please contact the Editor to discuss your idea.
We also have a regular special feature, Hot Topics. This comprises a longer article with each issue showcasing an up-to-date theme relevant to all ages – with clear signposts for using age-specific content, materials, tasks and activities. If you are interested in writing a ‘Hot topics’ feature, please submit a proposal to the Editor for consideration.
We particularly welcome articles that are clearly structured and easily accessible. Please include definitions of any terms you use that may not be familiar to all readers. If you refer to theoretical principles and concepts, please ensure that their relevance and application to classroom practice is clear. Articles that are practical are especially welcome including lesson ideas and teaching tips.
In accordance with our child protection and safeguarding obligations, we require all authors to seek permission from parents / legal guardians for the use of photographs of children in an article and submit copies of signed release statements to the Editor.
Please do not use more than 3 figures (whether this is a photo, line drawing or other) unless this has been specifically agreed with the Editor in advance. All images must be provided as a high-resolution document (a minimum of 300dpi, usually about 1000×1000 pixels or more in size – please check your image properties).
It is the contributor’s responsibility to clear permission for the reproduction of any previously published material – this includes photos, figures, tables, as well as any of your own previously published work. Please apply for permission as soon as you include any of these in your contribution.
Please do not use footnotes and instead, use the Harvard system for in-text citations. Please note that a colon is used to separate the date from page numbers.
Please provide an alphabetical list of all and only (max 5) sources cited in your article. These should conform to the Harvard system.
Please give a brief description of yourself – 60 words maximum. Plus an appropriate contact email address and a small sized professional face photograph.