Dear HLT Readers,
Welcome to the February issue of HLT.
I hope that you have been able to book a summer course at Pilgrims using an EU grant or you are still thinking about using some other funds to be able to attend a course with us. To show you what is ahead and what Pilgrims teacher training is like please read: Pilgrims News, What Can NLP Do For Me?, Making Thinking Visible, and “Creating Calm in the Classroom”: Pilgrims Training Session by Dave Read.
Christmas time was the time when many of us received Christmas presents. HLT has a wonderful New Year present for all the Readers. In the Publications Section you will find Creativity in Language Learning which briefly describes an EU Leonardo partnership project and then lets you download all the wonderful creative ideas that have been developed for you to read and try out. Thank you Małgosia Szwaj for disseminating and sharing these wonderful ideas with us for free.
There are more practical ideas in this issue in: Sticks and Stones by Michael Berman, Giving Students a Voice: A Classroom Phrase Display by Ángel Luis Pérez Vela, Unforgettable, I Wish You Were by Stephen Reilly, Conversation Skills: Why and How? by David Heathfield, Logic for Language Learning 1 by Simon Mumford, and Know How to Listen by Kathryn Glennie.
Talking of publications take a look at reviews in the Short Book Reviews and English in deprived circumstances. Maximising learner autonomy. Also there is a new book by Michael Berman to look forward to: English for Comparative Religious Studies. More news from the publishing world in the Letters section.
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I have had a lot of mails from you recently and I am sharing some of them in the Letters section. There are some lovely Christmas greetings; there is some sad news about Martin Wolff, and great news about an OBE for Simon Greenall. Life…
In this issue we start two new series of articles which will continue throughout 2013; by Peter Clements who describes some teacher training sessions held at Pilgrims in 2012 (in this issue “Creating Calm in the Classroom”: Pilgrims Training Session by Dave Read), and a new Student Voices series: Through the Eyes of a Writer: A Journey of Learning, Discovering, and Transforming by Entisar Ali Elsherif from Libya. I am also happy to let you know that we can continue the Heart of the Matter series by Lou Spaventa in The Heart of the Matter: Social Media and the Teacher/Student Relationship.
I hope that what I have described so far has whetted your appetites because there are 14 more articles to choose from: on learning vocabulary (Korean EFL Students’ Three Major Vocabulary Learning Strategies by Seong Man Park, Concordancer Analysis, Description and Comparison of Language Produced by Learners and Native English Speakers by Nick Morley), teaching young learners (Extension of English Education Provided in English Villages Back to Elementary School English Classrooms in Taiwan by Grace Chin-Wen Chien), CLIL (Why is Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) Humanistic?, Y.L. Teresa Ting by Italy), motivation (Winning Hearts and Engaging Minds through Inspirational Content by Hadi Farjami), teacher training (A Chronic Medical Condition: An Allergy To Thinking And The Entertaining of Ideas by Feride Hekimgil), blended learning (How to Blend Face-to-Face Delivery with Online Tutoring by Jill Margerison), and many more.
For your entertainment there is some humour; in the Jokes section. Don’t miss The Charm of Notices, found on the net by Tim Hahn, and two articles on the role of and using humour in the classroom: Psychology and ELT: Humour: It’s not a laughing matter…’ by Nick Michelioudakis and Laughter is a Serious Business, by Danny Singh.
Soon we might have a chance to meet at IATEFL in Liverpool or some other conferences which are advertised in this issue of HLT, like TESOL Spain. At IATEFL you will be able to meet me, Pilgrims staff and other Pilgrims trainers at the Pilgrims stand. Don’t hesitate to come and visit it to say hello, have a chat and make plans for the future. See you soon.
Enjoy the issue!