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Letter 1

Dear Hania,

I'm pleased to inform you that an article about writing for HLT has been publised in ELT Journal. Please follow this link:

Best wishes,
Stefan Rathert

Letter 2

Letter 3

Hania, I don't know if you are still interested in CLIL but I just completed two upper secondary CLIL textbooks with one of the the biggest Italian textbook publishers: Zanichelli - Maths and Natural Sciences. This is not a sales campaign since they have already paid us and we have already spent it all on a pizza together ( ;)). But if you or others are interested in one way to do CLIL at upper secondary, take a look to see how we used learning materials as a way to implement a Content-driven learning progression for upper secondary Content teachers who do NOT speak enough English to lecture about these topics in English (which is good;)).

Stay in touch and take care! Teresa

Letter 4

Dear Hanna,

I hope you enjoyed the IATEFL conference in Manchester as much as I did. It seemed like assessment was more a focus this year than in previous years. As such, I write to share with you a free, online standardized English test – the EF Standard English Test (EFSET) – which you can share with your colleagues and students.

We launched the EFSET in September, 2014, to make high-quality language assessment more accessible to English learners. The EFSET is available to everyone online, so learners of all English levels can take this standardized English test at no cost.

We are proud to work with several Ministries of Education and numerous universities throughout the world on piloting the EFSET for large-scale testing. If you are interested in using the EFSET at your institution for free, please let me know. We have also partnered with LinkedIn to make the EFSET available to LinkedIn’s 350 million members. Once students finish taking the EFSET, they can add their EFSET score to their LinkedIn profile, thereby certifying their English skills at no cost.

Please do share this new resource with your colleagues and students: And for more on the science and research behind the EFSET, please see the information below. I am most happy to answer any questions you have, or provide any support you need if you are interested in bringing the EFSET to your institution.


Minh N. Tran
Director of Research and Academic Partnerships
EF Education First
Skype: minh.tran.ef


Science & Research Behind the EF Standard English Test

To create our state-of-the-art testing platform, we worked with the industry’s top experts in language assessment, large-scale testing and psychometrics. To learn more about our approach to test design, alignment to the Common European Framework of Reference, standards setting, and ongoing quality control, you can download the Technical Report from our website .

Free online access to a high-quality English test is not the EFSET’s only innovation. The EFSET is the first standardized English test to use the Computer Adaptive Multi-Stage Testing engine, which adjusts in real time the difficulty level of the test content to the individual test taker's pattern of correct and incorrect answers. This allows for accurate measurement across all proficiency levels. The easy-to-understand EF scale (1-100) is pegged to the CEFR.

Letter 5

Hi Hania

(…) I mentioned starting a section on video. I would see this not as being a regular feature of commissioned content, but more a space to share anything on YouTube which is relevant for teachers. This is standard practise. There are no legal problems with embedding video content on your own page. If the owner of a video does not want you to embed it, he/she can easily prevent others from doing so.

Some ideas for videos as follows:

  1. My IATEFL talk (your suggestion)
  2. Another talk that I gave on video:
  3. A David Heathfield storytelling video:
  4. A Scott Thornbury video:
  5. Videos of teachers at work:
  6. Examples of student videos like this one:

Etc. There are loads to choose from.

Jamie Keddie

Letter 6

Dear Hania Kryszewska,

The launch of our ‘Meet our Authors’ marketing series in 2014 was met with unanimous support and appreciation from our author community. We have been thrilled with the feedback you have sent us, and hope that you will continue to write to us with your views and suggestions in 2015.

We are proud to have an extensive author network, more than 50,000 members strong, encompassing a wide international spectrum of academics and practitioners. ‘Meet our Authors’ allows you to hear about their experiences of publishing with us, opening the floor to both established scholars and leading-edge thinkers, and those bright minds who are just embarking on their professional career.

Please click below to read their thoughts and to receive a 50% discount on their titles.

This month’s authors…

Bianca Maria Pirani is Professor of Sociology of Cultural Networks at “Sapienza” University of Rome, Italy. She has published widely on the relationship between human bodies and knowledge as the editor and author of a number of books and articles. Please click here to read her thoughts.

Dr Jaroslav Spirk has been teaching Translation and Interpreting at the Institute of Translation Studies at Charles University, Prague, since October 2011. His current research interests focus on inter-semiotic translation. Please click here to read his thoughts.

Happy reading!

Christine von Gall
Deputy Editor
Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Letter 7

Dear Hania Kryszewska,

On 9th May, join Cambridge Scholars Publishing in celebrating Europe Day, marking the 65th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration – a key event in the creation of a united Europe. The timing of this is particularly noteworthy this year, as it comes just two days after the United Kingdom’s general election, where continuing membership of the European Union is a hotly debated topic.

Europe Day is not just an occasion to celebrate European unity, but also a time to reflect on how a united Europe can continue to provide much-needed aid to those outside its borders. We are offering our readers a 50% discount on three of our best-selling titles relating to Europe and the provision of aid towards Africa. Click here to read more.

We are also delighted to announce that Professor Charles Harvey, Professor of Business History and Management at Newcastle University, has joined our Editorial Advisory Board. To find out more about Professor Harvey and to hear what he had to say on joining the board, please click here.

Our May discount campaigns, with a time-limited discount of up to 60%, include:

Book of the Month – this month’s must-read is Stirring Age: Scott, Byron and the Historical Romance, which offers a timely investigation of the previously under-explored literary relationship between Walter Scott and Lord Byron. “This book needs to be read” according to the former editor of The Byron Journal, and we are offering a 60% discount on this title. Please click here to find out more.

The Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Reads’ – this month, Dr Terri Apter has chosen her recommended read: Innovative Practice and Interventions for Children and Adolescents with Psychosocial Difficulties and Disabilities edited by Elias Kourkoutas and Angie Hart. We are offering a 50% discount on this book to all our readers. Please click here to view Dr Apter’s choice.

Forthcoming Titles, New Releases and Best Sellers – be the first to know about our new and noteworthy, or best-selling titles—all reduced by up to 50%. Our Editors have hand-picked 9 titles that are generating a buzz. Please click on our homepage to view the selection.

Happy reading!

Christine von Gall
Deputy Editor
Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Letter 8

For your feedback,please

sharing with you, Hania. Ever drafted multidisciplinary evaluation checklists for educational purposes ?

Note my use of Human Rights in one of the reflections

Francisco Francisco Gomes de Matos, a language educator and peace linguist


By Francisco Gomes de Matos, Recife,Brazil

When language education materials we evaluate
What kind of evaluative approach to we advocate ? Why?

What kind of checklist do we apply ?
With what key principles does it comply ^

Is it linguistically based ?
Is it also psychologically focused ?

Is it interculturally predicated ?
Is it also environmentally(ecologically?) orientated?

Is it sociologically grounded ?
Is it also technologically well-sounded ?

Is it politically inclined ?
Is it also Human Rights aligned ?

Is it pedagogically advanced ?
Is it peacefully enhanced ?

Is it artistically created ?
Is it also imaginatively elated ?

Add to the checklist. Justify your additions.

Letter 9

Letter 10

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Letter 11

At Waterloo Napoleon Did Surrender

Dear Teacher,

The 18th June is the 200th anniversary of The Battle Of Waterloo – this month we publish the worksheet and Speak Up explanation video for the ABBA hit which compares a love story to the history-changing battle.

June’s New Downloadable Worksheets
This month’s additions all feature place names.

Waterloo – ABBA
The winner of the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest, this worksheet by Mena Bianco from Naples features a crossword and gap fill.

Brighton In The Rain – Robert Campbell
This song was written for the Upper-Intermediate level of the 1992 Cambridge English Course (CUP) and is considered one of the better examples of a song specially written for ELT – it is ideal for the Present Perfect. The author of this worksheet, Gary Friel, has an excellent youtube channel with the aim of allowing teachers to drill basic grammar in interesting and realistic ways.

Calico - Wheels Fargo and the Nightingale
Fans of line dancing will love this worksheet by the Italian rockabilly band, featuring a video of author Maria Gulczynska from Ancona, demonstrating the steps.

Over 260 Downloadable worksheets now online

The Tune Into English Roadshow
The Tune Into English Roadshow has now finished its 2014-2015 tour, with 113 performances in 71 institutes in 63 towns and cities in Italy and Spain...
Thank you all for the wonderful reception and feedback - I look forward to seeing you next year for the Tune Into English Roadshow Tenth Anniversary Tour!

Comments video, Portici (NA)
La Sicilia, Enna
Relazione, Modena

“The best ESL experience ever!” - Prof.ssa Antonella Porcu, Liceo Scientifico “G. Spano”, Sassari

Speak Up Explains

Waterloo will be published on the 18th June, along with a further two this month.
See all videos

Also online

There is just one month to go to the holidays - keep singing, it will pass far more pleasantly!

Best wishes,

Fergal Kavanagh The web’s largest free resource for learning English through pop music!


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