Dear HLT Readers,
Welcome to the December issue of HLT. First the Pilgrims news. In the Course outline section you will find some Pilgrims news and information about EU grants and deadlines; in News from Pilgrims. Don’t miss it and come to Pilgrims in 2013!
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Three articles reflect the Pilgrims spirit: There is a Rapture in this Bustling Centre by Neli Kukhaleishvili, From the Other Side of Hilltop by Peter Clements, and Great Bits of Creative Instruction in a Communicative Classroom, a joint article by teachers who attended a Pilgrims course in 2012, and edited by Claudia Bustos.
There is a lot of news in the publishing world. You will find reviews of new books in: Short Book Reviews by Hanna Kryszewska, From Rags to Riches by Neil Mcbeath, and Manifesto for Creative Teaching by Chaz Pugliese, author of “Being Creative” with DELTA Publishing. There is also news about Hall Houston’s new book in progress: The ELT Daily Journal - Book Preview. (You probably know Hall Houston well from his Off the Beaten Path column in HLT.) There is more publishing news in the Letters section. Among others news that Macmillan will no longer print dictionaries, just like Newsweek will stop printing their magazine. Well, the times are changing… There is also more news from LINGLE, and news about focus on Disability in ELT materials.
Finally, on the subject of publishing the two boxes below highlight two more publishing developments…
The Company Words Keep is BEBC's Book of the Month:
The Company Words Keep Paul Davis and Hanna Kryszewska, Delta; 978-1-905085-20-0 This new teacher development book on lexical chunks has three sections. Section A explores chunking and provides a thorough, fascinating and insightful overview of the area. The short glossary is excellent. Part B is the practical section, containing over a hundred teaching activities. A wide variety of tasks help learners practise chunking, from learner training to ideas for searching the British National Corpus. Many of these activities are highly imaginative. 'Your
last chance' looks at likely and unlikely chunks; one activity examines the phenomenon of mishearing chunks. Part C encourages reflection, suggests ideas for further research and provides a large number of relevant and interesting websites. The authors' enthusiasm comes across on every page. It would benefit from a bibliography. Highly recommended.
|Free articles in English Language Teaching Journal
The October 2012 issue of English Language Teaching Journal is a special one looking back over developments in ELT over the last seventeen years under the editorship of Keith Morrow. To mark this event three articles are available free on-line at http://eltj.oxfordjournals.org/content/current
This link takes you to the contents page which will show you that the Editorial by Keith Morrow, Key Concepts in ELT by Graham Hall and Review of ELTJ reviews 1995-2012 by Alan Maley are all available free to read as HTML or a PDF. Just click and read!
There are a lot of inspiring articles in the Major articles and Short articles sections, and practical ideas in the Lesson outline section. I recommend them all, but I would like to highlight Drilling Students Seriously by Caroline de Schaetzen in the Old exercise section. In this article we can read how good old audiolingual drill can have a facelift through ICT and online tools.
Last not least, I would like to invite you to voice your opinion on ELT matters or when you like or disagree with an article published in HLT. A good example is Letter 1 from Marija Liudvika Drazdauskiene in the Readers Letters section in which she reefers to an article Foreign Accent Problem of Non-native Teachers of English by Ali Karakas.
Enjoy the issue