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SIG Newsletter

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.

Pearl Jubilee Newsletter

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:


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Contributor Guidelines

Please follow these guidelines to ensure that your contribution is accepted for publication

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:

  • Early Years
  • Primary
  • Lower Secondary
  • Upper Secondary

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.

Articles must:

  • be in English
  • focus on a specific age range (except Hot topics)
  • have a title of no more than 10 words which gives clear information about the content
  • be no longer than 1500 words (unless this has been previously agreed with the Editor)
  • be submitted to the Editor as an email attachment (please send to Amanda Davies, [email protected] in Microsoft Word
  • be word processed using left justification and single line spacing in black, 12 point Arial font (with one line space between paragraphs)
  • not be in columns, indented or framed
  • have no hyphenated words at the line end
  • use single quotation marks and place punctuation inside quotation marks
  • contain no headers, footers, page numbers or footnotes
  • include headings and subheadings as necessary (each in bold on a separate line and ranged left)
  • avoid using numbering or lettering systems for headings
  • include a note to show the position of tables, diagrams or other illustrative material and send these separately as attachments

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.

  1. Articles not following the above guidelines cannot be considered for publication.
  2. The Editor and the Committee reserve the right to accept or reject articles for publication depending on their quality and suitability for our readership. In some cases, authors may be asked to make revisions to their articles before final acceptance.
  3. If an article is accepted for publication, the Editor reserves the right to make minor editorial changes deemed necessary for reasons of e.g. space, style, clarity and accessibility. If more than minor changes are needed, the author will be consulted and an edited version of the article will be sent to them for approval.
  4. The copyright of the article will remain with the author, subject to the following: IATEFL retains the right to publish the contribution in electronic or paper form at any time in the future. If the article is subsequently published elsewhere, the publication of the SIG (plus the issue and date) should be acknowledged as the first place of publication.

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Please follow these guidelines to ensure that your contribution is accepted for publication