English Teaching Forum
English Teaching Forum is an international, refereed journal published by the U.S. Department of State for teachers of English as a foreign language (EFL). The mission of English Teaching Forum is to contribute to the professional development of its readers around the world by offering articles that reflect current theory and practice in English language teaching.
English Teaching Forum accepts submissions of previously unpublished articles from English teachers, teacher trainers, and program administrators on a wide variety of topics in second/foreign language education, including principles and methods of language teaching; activities and techniques for teaching the language skills and subskills; classroom-based studies and action research; needs analysis, curriculum and syllabus design; assessment, testing, and evaluation; teacher training and development; materials writing; and English for Specific Purposes. Most of the articles published in English Teaching Forum are submitted by its readers.
Criteria for Publication
The following criteria are used to evaluate a submission's suitability for publication:
- Does the topic reflect up-to-date principles, methods, and techniques in English language teaching?
- Will the article appeal to the worldwide readership of English Teaching Forum?
- Is the article well written and organized, with sufficient explanation to enable readers to apply the insights and recommendations in their classes with their own students?
- Does the article contribute new ideas and information to the field of English language teaching?
- Are the ideas and information in the article contextualized; that is, has the author cited other authors whose work is related to the topic?
- Is the writing clear, concise, and easy to read?
- Does the article comply, in particular the citations and references, with The Chicago Manual of Style?
English Teaching Forum focuses primarily on the teaching of English. Submissions that focus exclusively on linguistic theory or rely primarily on statistics and quantitative research may not be suitable for this journal. Also, articles that require knowledge of a language other than English or focus exclusively on teaching in a specific country may not be appropriate for the global readership of English Teaching Forum. Read past issues to see what topics have been included in recent issues and to see the length and scope of published articles.
Guidelines for Submissions
Submissions are always welcome; there is no deadline. Authors should follow these guidelines in preparing articles for submission:
- English Teaching Forum does not accept previously published articles (print or online).
- Maximum length is 6000 words (an abstract is not necessary).
- All pages should be double-spaced and have margins of about 3 centimeters (1 inch).
- Use of first person is acceptable, especially when discussing your own teaching context.
- Only sources cited in the article should be listed in the references at the end of the article.
- The article should comply with The Chicago Manual of Style, in particular the citations of other authors and references. English Teaching Forum uses the author-date format for citations and references, which has also been called the "scientific style." See examples in the next section.
- English Teaching Forum does not publish footnotes. We suggest you include information in parentheses as appropriate.
- English Teaching Forum does not publish photos, artwork, screen grabs, colored charts, or graphics with articles.
- English Teaching Forum does not publish acknowledgments. We rely on our authors to thank the appropriate people themselves.
- English Teaching Forum does not publish email addresses of its contributors.
The Chicago Manual of Style
Here are some specific details about the Chicago author-date system of citing sources.
- A citation with the author's last name and the date of publication in parentheses, for example (Johnson 1999), is placed in the text at the end of a quotation or after a specific mention of that author's work. When the page number is necessary (for example, with a quoted passage), it follows the date, separated by a comma, for example (Johnson 1999, 87). Include all last names for a work by two or three authors, for example (Anderson, Jackson, and Jenson 1997). For a work by four or more authors, include only the last name of the first author followed by et al. in the text citation, for example (Robinson et al. 1992), but include all authors' names in the list of references.
- A list of all the references cited in the text is given at the end of the article. In each reference, only the author's last name and initials are provided. The date is placed after the author's name. Only the first word of the title or subtitle (after a colon) is capitalized, along with proper nouns and adjectives. Titles of books and journals are given in italics. Quotation marks are not used.
- Here are some examples of Chicago author-date text citations and references:
- Book by one author
McKay, S. L. 2002. Teaching English as an international language: Rethinking goals and approaches. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Book by two authors (second edition)
(Richards and Rodgers 2001)
Richards, J. C., and T. S. Rodgers. 2001. Approaches and methods in language teaching. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Edited book
(Rose and Kasper 2001)
Rose, K. R., and G. Kasper, eds. 2001. Pragmatics in language teaching. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Chapter in an edited book (only book title in italics)
(Lynch and Hudson 1991)
Lynch, B., and T. Hudson. 1991. EST reading. In Teaching English as a second or foreign language. 2nd ed. ed. M. Celce-Murcia, 216-232. Boston: Heinle and Heinle.
- Journal article (only journal title in italics, followed by volume number, issue number in parentheses, and page numbers)
Savignon, S. J. 2003. Teaching English as communication: A global perspective. World Englishes 22 (1): 55-66.
- Electronic journal article
Sharifian, F. 2002. Memory enhancement in language pedagogy: Implications from cognitive research. TESL-EJ 6 (2, September):1-9. http://www.cc.kyoto-su.ac.jp/information/tesl-ej/ej22/a2.html (accessed November 17, 2003).
- Electronic book (two editors)
(Bardovi-Harlig and Mahan-Taylor 2003)
Bardovi-Harlig, K. and R. Mahan-Taylor, eds. 2003. Teaching pragmatics. Washington, DC: US Department of State Office of English Language Programs. http://americanenglish.state.gov/resources/teaching-pragmatics (accessed November 17, 2003).
- Unpublished manuscript
(Abu Rass 1997)
Abu Rass, R. 1997. Integrating language and content in teaching English as a second language: A case study on a precourse. PhD dissertation. University of Arizona.
- Conference paper
(Snarski and Tumposky 2002)
Snarski, M., and N. Tumposky. 2002. Teacher training challenges in emerging democracies. Paper presented at the 37th international convention of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Salt Lake City, USA.
- Book published in another language (title translated into English)
Suzuki, T. 1999. Nihonjin wa naze Eigo ga dekinai ka [Why the Japanese people are no good at English]. Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten.
- ERIC document
Tannenbaum, J. 1996. Practical ideas on alternative assessment for ESL Students. Washington DC: ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics. ERIC Digest ED395500.
- Book by one author
- For more information about the Chicago style manual, consult these websites:
Submitting Your Article
We prefer to receive submissions as email attachments. Please do not send an article as the text of an email message. If you do not have access to email, you may send your article by post.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Post: English Teaching Forum
US Department of State, SA-5, 4th Floor
2200 C St. NW
Washington, DC 20037 USA
You will receive an acknowledgment message when we receive your submission. Reviews are usually completed within four months of receipt of the submission. You will receive another message with the results of the review.