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About the Journal

ELT Journal is a quarterly publication for all those involved in English Language Teaching (ELT), whether as a second, additional, or foreign language, or as an international Lingua Franca. The Journal links the everyday concerns of practitioners with insights gained from relevant academic disciplines such as applied linguistics, education, psychology, and sociology.

ELT Journal aims to provide a medium for informed discussion of the principles and practice which determine the ways in which English is taught and learnt around the world. It also provides a forum for the exchange of information and ideas among members of the profession worldwide.

The Editor of ELT Journal is supported by an Advisory Board which assists the Editor in guiding the development of the Journal, and by an Editorial Panel whose members referee submissions.

Highlights and Features

History and Origins

  • 70th anniversary commemorations
  • The origins of ELT Journal, by Richard C. Smith

    "The journal that gave its name to our field of activity recently reached the age of sixty - in October 1946, the first issue of English Language Teaching, now known as ELT Journal, was sent out around the world from the British Council’s offices in Hanover Street, London. Since then the journal has continuously served as a focal point for the profession, to the extent indeed that its title, abbreviated to 'ELT', began to be adopted as an umbrella term for the whole enterprise of teaching English as a foreign or second language."

  • Listen to an interview with the founder of the ELT Journal, A.S. Hornby.

Abstracting and Indexing Services

ELT Journal is covered by the following abstracting/indexing services:

Arts and Humanities Citation Index (from 2009)
Social Sciences Citation Index (from 2009)
British Education Index
Expanded academic ASAP
Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts
Periodicals Index Online (PIO)
PROQUEST DATABASE : Arts & Humanities Full Text
PROQUEST DATABASE : ProQuest 5000 International
PROQUEST DATABASE : ProQuest Education Journals
PROQUEST DATABASE : ProQuest Wilson Databases
The Standard Periodical Directory
Wilson OmniFile Full Text Mega Edition

Impact Factor

YearImpact FactorSsi: Education & Educational ResearchSsi: Linguistics 2018 1.351 136 out of 243 51 out of 183 2017 1.276 134 out of 238 52 out of 181 2016 1.125 113 out of 235 53 out of 180 2015 0.864 123 out of 231 65 out of 181 2014 0.720 118 out of 224 63 out of 171 2013 0.759 104 out of 219 65 out of 169 2012 0.743 97 out of 216 59 out of 160 2011 0.677 112 out of 203

62 out of 161

This information is taken from the Journal Citation Reports (Web of Science Group, 2019).

Teaching and Developing Reading Skills Recent books on language materials development and analysis Motivating teens to speak English through group work in Storyline Effective questioning in CLIL classrooms: empowering thinking A new model of literary competences and the revised CEFR descriptors
  • Online ISSN 1477-4526
  • Print ISSN 0951-0893
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