Welcome to the new issue of HLT. First of all let me remind you that it is soon the deadline to apply for a spring Comenius grant, and if you get it you will be able to attend a course at Pilgrims, spring 2012. For more information read Course Outline Pilgrims 2012 in this issue of HLT.
This September IATEFL Poland celebrated its 20th Anniversary. The conference was vibrant and very stimulating. One of the highlights was a Pecha Kucha event, in which Geoff Tranter presented a new methodology for language teaching. If you want to have a good laugh read The Role of Linguistics in Securing Quality in Language Learning and Language Teaching but a word of warning: teetotallers may not find it funny.
One of the themes of this issue of HLT is pronunciation. In his article: Pronunciation: the Cinderella of Language Teaching, Adrian Underhill, a pronuncation expert and Pilgrims trainer, talks about the importance of teaching pronunciation and how you might benefit from attending a teacher training course on how to teach pronunciation. In his major article: Intonation in Teaching Pronunciation: In Search of a New Perspective Dariusz Bukowski raises many of the concerns teachers have and adds an interesting voice to the debate on teaching pronunciation.
The Extensive Reading Foundation is a not-for-profit, charitable organization whose purpose is to support and promote extensive reading. One Foundation initiative is the annual Language Learner Literature Award for the best new works in English. Another is maintaining a bibliography of research on extensive reading. The Foundation is also interested in helping educational institutions set up extensive reading programs through grants that fund the purchase of books and other reading material.
For more details on this year’s winners click here
Another distinct theme is teaching reading. Two major articles are devoted to the subject: Read in the Name of the Lord! by Feride Hekimgil, and Tolerance of Ambiguity and Its Implications For Reading, by Ruben Cardenas Cabello, and a short article: From Casual Reading to Close Reading by Adnan Tahir. We cannot talk about reading from a humanistic perspective if we don’t mention dyslexia. You will find a lot of interesting ideas and an interesting perspective on dyslexic students of English in Identifying and Working With Dyslexic Students in the English Classroom by Sally Farley, another Pilgrims trainer.
If you are interested in using L1 in class and translation the following two articles will be of interest to you: major article - Empower EFL Students to Reduce Their L2 Lexical Errors Caused by L1 Semantic Interference by Wei-Wei Shen and Mei-Li Chou, and Towards a Principled Use of L1 by Roger O’Keeffe.
CALL FOR ARTICLES FOR THE TEACHER TRAINER JOURNAL!
The Teacher Trainer is a practical journal for those who work as mentors, teacher trainers, and teacher educators.
I have just put together the Autumn 2011 issue, Volume 25, Number 3, (out soon!). Having dealt with the long back queue of articles, I am now ready for another batch. So, if you have something useful, interesting or amusing to say on the subject of training EFL teachers or on being trained, please send along a first draft. Articles can be short or long and by novice or experienced authors. All will be edited with a sympathetic eye and hand!
For more information on the contents of the current issue, titles of articles in past issues and on writing for us, please go to: www.tttjournal.co.uk
Tessa Woodward, The Editor
The Teacher Trainer
Pilgrims House, Orchard Street, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 8BF, UK
For teachers of business people there is a business Book preview: A New Book: "On Business and For Pleasure Again” by Michael Berman, Teaching Business English by Sharon de Hinojosa, and two reviews of business oriented books in Short Book Reviews by Hanna Kryszewska. If you are interested in other new titles in the ELT publishing world read: Tales of Power by Michael Berman, and Teaching English: The Use of Support Materials, reviewed by S P Dhanavel. If you would like a bit of history, in Some Old Exercises From ‘Challenge to Think’ Peter Clements reminds us of a golden classic ELT publication.
There is also another theme in this issue of HLT which I would call being a teacher. It starts with using IT with Task-based Tutor Training Online by Alma Daniela Otero S. and Nevin Siders, discuss among other things the needs of on-line tutors and tutorees. While I am adding the finishing touches to this issue of HLT, I am also involved in hosting a SEETA event on humanizing modern technology. On-line tools is one of the topics.
You will find more on being a trainer, teaching and learning in the following articles: Four-letter-word by Rafael Barcellos de Moraes, How To Be A Cool Teacher: A Recipe, by Fabiana Gambino, Into the Mess: Living It, Loving It by Ha Nguyen.
As usual there are lots of practical ideas from all over the world: from Japan - Reconsidering Alternative Grammar by Takehiro Tsuchida, from the USA - Making Writing Lessons Meaningful for ESL/EFL Students by Dorit Sasson, the UK - Getting to Know Each Other by Michael Berman and Drumming the Past Continuous by Caroline Thomas, from Malaysia and Bulgaria - Lesson Outline: Sharing a Problem ‘Anonymously’, by Norleha binti Md. Baki and Bill Templer, from Taiwan and Thailand - Using Language and Literacy Autobiography Task in a Foreign Language Classroom by Hugo Yu-Hsiu Lee, and from Portugal – Celebrate by Alexandra Costa.
Enjoy this issue of HLT.