A Lexicon for ELT Professionals

A Lexicon for ELT Professionals

This lexicon provides 500+ headword entries and definitions of words and phrases that are either specific to ELT or have a specific meaning when used in the context of ELT. This handy reference has been compiled by lexicographer and linguist, Diane Nicholls who, in her own words, ‘can often be found wading up to my neck in words, trying to marshal them into some sort of order while secretly admiring their slipperiness’.

Diane created a 324,000-word corpus from the titles in the ELT Teacher 2 Writer list, then compared this corpus with two General English corpora to identify all the words and short phrases that are used significantly more frequently in ELT than in non-ELT-specific English. This list was subsequently supplemented with Diane’s personal knowledge of the area plus research with an online ELT publishing freelancers’ community.

Designed to sit on the desks of ELT professionals (teachers, materials writers, editors, designers, researchers, digital developers, software engineers), the lexicon covers the thematic areas of: assessment, language, materials and resources, methodology, organisations, pedagogy, pronunciation, publishing, skills and learning.

Diane Nicholls

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