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Letter 1a

Subject: Articles on NLP, EFL, ESOL, Whole Person, Humanistic Language Teaching and more' translation


I'm willing to translate publication located at to the Belorussian language (my mother tongue). What I'm asking for is your written permission, so you don't mind after I'll post the translation to my blog. The translation is intended only for web, no print copies planned. Visitors of your website, who come from Minsk (Belorussia) will be the ones, who will read this blogpost, that's the only way to spread them, no additional instruments we can use. Every translation we ever do does not costs a penny for the webpage, which is translated. All we ask is to link back in whatever way you feel confident about it.

Galina Miklosic

Letter 1b

Dear Galina

(…) feel free to use the resource but contact the authors for permission. I am sure they will be very happy to circulate their ideas in Belarussia. Personally I am thrilled


Letter 2

Dear Hania

You published the following poem: The Sandwich Shop by Andreea Suciu, Romania

The Sandwich Shop

If you were a sandwich shop
What kind of sandwich would you sell?
And at the end of the day
Would you give yourself away
to people?
I have an idea how to use it in class
Five questions to think about. Choose one of them to answer:

If you were a sandwich, which sort of sandwich would you like to be, and why?

If you were a sandwich, who would you like to be sold to, and why?

If you were a sandwich, what price tag would you put on yourself, and why?

If you were a sandwich, would you still be fresh or would you be past your sell-by date?

If you were a sandwich, would you be a healthy one or would you be full of artificial colours, artificial flavours, artificial sweeteners and preservatives? In other words, how natural do you consider yourself to be?

Michael Berman

Letter 3

Dear Ms Kryszewska,

Thank you for accepting my article. Yes, please contact me again when you edit the issue in question.

Of course I will recommend HLT to my colleagues and I believe they will find it very interesting and useful as well.

On this occasion I would also like to thank you for sharing your innovative ideas at the Pilgrims workshops. I learned so many interesting things which I can use with my students. I look forward to attending another Pilgrims course.

By the way, may I ask you when is the book The Company Words Keep - Lexical chunks in language teaching" expected to be out? I have just noticed this title on the Delta Publishing website. During my last course at Pilgrims, Paul has inspired me to focus more on lexical chunks and I am definitely interested in this book ...

Greetings back to Canterbury,
Veronika Piccini

Letter 4

Just letting you know….
A short taste of English (videos)
Ten new 10 minute teaching/learning videos are now visible on webTV
& best of all, they are completely free!!
If you are a student of English, you'll find these interactive lessons very useful
for your learning. If you are an English teacher, you can use the videos in the same format as they are, or adapt them to your own situation.

The series is called, A short taste of English & the videos are as follows:

  1. Emotions in Learning (soundtrack Piangi Roma - Baustelle feat Valeria Golino)
  2. Physical Pronunciation (soundtrack Sweet Disposition - The Temper Trap)
  3. LaughnLearn t-shirt lessons (soundtrack Where we Belong - Lost Prophets)
  4. Listening (soundtrack You get what you give - New Radicals)
  5. Learning through Senses which includes Mandarin v Clementine & your approach to learning (soundtrack 12anni - Roberto Angelini)
  6. Communication (soundtrack Go West - Pet Shop Boys)
  7. Inspiration - The people who inspired me (soundtrack I Maschi - Gianna Nannini)
  8. Motivation (soundtrack More than a feeling - Boston)
  9. Cinema (soundtrack Save a Prayer - Super Angels)
  10. Music (soundtrack Keep it together - Puddle of Mudd)

To access these videos, the procedure is as follows: then look for video library under the TV screen, find the arrow on the right & scroll along until you see, Danny Singh, A short taste of English, click on this, then the boxes open up & you can click on & watch whichever video you wish. Helping people to help themselves Danny Singh

Letter 5

June 2011 – Something In The Water

Dear Teacher,

As Italy prepares for its impending referendum on the privatization of water services this month’s first addition to the Downloadable Worksheets section of the Teachers’ Area of is Brooke Fraser’s Something In The Water. This was submitted by Viviana Pettineo of Reggio Emilia and features a gap fill and error correction.

The 25th of this month marks the second anniversary of Michael Jackson’s untimely death – the second addition, contributed by Carrie Elise Rodella from Capaccio (SA), focuses on the first conditional as used in Jackson’s first posthumous single Hold My Hand, featuring Akon.

The third new worksheet is an accompaniment to my presentation on RAI Radio 3’s Il Cantiere earlier this year. Mena Bianco of Naples has prepared a Present and Past Simple activity based on Video Killed The Radio Star by The Buggles. You can listen to the podcast here.

On my recent trip to Spain (where I presented an upper-intermediate version of the Roadshow at the Universidad di Huelva) I met the director of Agenzia Best, who specialise in organising summer courses in the UK. There are a limited number of places left on their English and Music, Dance or Theatre course in Manchester from 13-27 July, suitable for 12-18 year olds. You can read full details (in Spanish) here - contact for full details, including special last-minute deals.

Teachers at the Scuola Superiore di I° Grado may be interested in Up To You! , ELI’s holiday book, consolidating and revising vocabulary and structures presented during the year. Written by Kavanagh and Morris, you can read more about this here or by following the link on

The Tune Into English Roadshow had its final performance in Vicenza on 24th May. Thank you to all those who have hosted the show, and to those who have sent in comments. A very special thank you to the students of the Scuola Primaria San Giustino (PG) for the wonderful drawings they sent me following the Tune Into English Roadshow for Kids at their school in April. You can see these here, or on the Comments or the Primary Roadshow page.

You can see a large selection of videos and photographs from over five years of the Roadshow on facebook – there is a link on the home page of the Tune Into English website.

The Karaoke page of Tune Into English features over 7,400 songs, including the UK Top 10 Charts, updated weekly for the Speak Up site. Why not treat your students with a sing along in the final days before the end of term?

Finally, with the warm weather coming, what better time to add the Tune Into English T-shirt to your wardrobe? Made of high quality material and featuring the Tune logo, this is available here.

Good luck with the last few lessons, the summer break is not far away…

Best wishes,
Fergal Kavanagh
Tune Into English

Letter 6

Dear Teacher,

The school year is about to begin – I hope you all feel refreshed after the summer break.

The Tune Into English Roadshow is currently in preparation, and I would be delighted to visit your school to present it to your students. A letter with full details will be mailed to Italian schools in the coming week – this is online here. You can see photos and videos from over 250 shows on the Tune Into English facebook page.

This year, due to popular demand, there will be a second Roadshow, based on the best of the previous years’ shows, available only for repeat performances.

This month, as always, there are three exciting new additions to the Downloadable Worksheets section of the Teachers’ Area of

September 11th is the 10th anniversary of the attack on New York’s World Trade Center. The first new worksheet is dedicated to those who lost their lives that day – Into The Fire by Bruce Springsteen was submitted by Mena Bianco from Naples.

California King Bed by Rihanna was (and continues to be!) one of this summer’s tormentoni. Ideal for revising parts of the body, Maria Gulczynska, Ancona, has written a simple worksheet for this song – your students will love it!

The third worksheet is ideal for practicing the Present Continuous. Featuring a game and gap fill, the worksheet for Suzanne Vega’s Tom’s Diner was sent in by Mariella Leone, Naples.

Don’t forget that Earth, Wind and Fire’s September and Green Day’s Wake Me Up When September Ends are also online!

The 26th of this month is European Day of Languages – to celebrate this there are two extra worksheets this month – in Italian! Prepared by Caterina Ziliani, based in Houston, Texas, you can access the worksheets to Zucchero’s Quanti Anni Ho and Due by Raf on the Tune Into Italian page of the site (on the Roadshow menu).

You can sing along with the UK Top 10 Charts on the Speak Up site – updated weekly, there is a link on the Tune Home page too.

The Karaoke page of Tune Into English now features over 7,500 songs as well as all of this summer’s top hits – why not organise a classroom singing session with your students to ease them into the new year? Finally, Tune Into English also works with schools in the UK and Ireland to promote study tours there. Please feel free to contact us for further information.

I look forward to meeting you and your students in the coming months,

Best wishes, and indeed Buon Lavoro!
Fergal Kavanagh
Tune Into English


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