News and Coming Attractions for English Language Educators

The Office of English Language Programs of the U.S. Department of State generously provides the resources through the Regional English Language Offices (RELOs) and American Embassies worldwide.

Dear colleagues,

Below you can find some news, reminders and coming attractions that might interest you or your colleagues working in the ELT field:

Critical Creativity in Action  

Quick Activities for Big Thinking Moving Up Bloom’s Taxonomy with Critical Creativity in Action Friday, July 18, 2023
The Core Four: Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking with Critical Creativity in Action Tuesday, September 12, 2023
Scoring Points and Planning Lessons: Turning Critical Creativity in Action into a Game Tuesday, November 7, 2023  
Setting Context and Teaching Concepts: Using Critical Creativity in Action for Thematic Units Tuesday, December 5, 2023  

The manual and card deck are now available online:

English Teaching Forum

The first 2023 issue of the English Teaching Forum is now available on the American English website. Among the highlights of this newest issue:   

  • Strategies for Making Learning Inclusive in Digital Learning Environments 
  • Critical Reflections of Two Professors Who Revised Teacher-education Curriculum during the Pandemic    
  • Ways to Use Fun Facts to Engage Your Students    
  • An Exercise in Mindful Gratitude  
  • “The Happiness Game”     
  • Getting to Know an English Teacher in Bangladesh     


English for Career Development, English for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), English for Journalism, English for Business and Entrepreneurship, English for Media Literacy, English for Tourism Professionals, Using Educational Technology in the English Language Classroom, Teaching Grammar Communicatively, Developing and Teaching Academic Writing Courses

All Current MOOC enrollment links can be found at:

AE Live Webinar Series 17  

The series will take place from June 14 to July 26, 2023. These 60-minute sessions will be held every other Wednesday at 8:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. ET from Washington, D.C. Participants can join the sessions by viewing the live posts at the above times here: 

  Presentation Titles  Session Dates 
Inclusive Practices   
Building and Sustaining a Culture of Belonging Lindsay Lyons Wednesday, June 14, 2023 8:00-9:00 am ET 1:00-2:00 pm ET 
Plurilingualism and Translanguaging  
Strategies for Language Teachers and Students Chris Hastings 
Wednesday, June 28, 2023 8:00-9:00 am ET 1:00-2:00 pm ET 
Starting the Year as a Culturally Responsive Language Classroom Lauren Anderson Wednesday, July 12, 2023 8:00-9:00 am ET 1:00-2:00 pm ET 
Open Educational Resources for English Language Teaching (OERs for ELT) Kendra Staley Wednesday, July 26, 2023 8:00-9:00 am ET 1:00-2:00 pm ET 


ELTA team