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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.

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."

Read the full article on The origins of ELT Journal

Interview with A.S. Hornby

Listen to an interview with the founder of the ELT Journal, A.S. Hornby. Download the MP3 file (39mb).

Key Concepts in ELT

This feature appears two times a year in ELT Journal. It aims to provide clear and concise accounts of important concepts in the field of ELT.

Go to the listing of Key Concepts.

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
20150.864122 out of 23064 out of 179
20140.720118 out of 22463 out of 171
20130.759104 out of 21965 out of 169
20120.74397 out of 21659 out of 160
20110.677112 out of 20362 out of 161