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Humanising Language Teaching
Humanising Language Teaching
Humanising Language Teaching

Dear HLT Readers,
Welcome to the new issue of HLT.
I would like to start with some congratulations.

Pilgrims is very pleased to announce that Ekaterina Rudenko is the winner of the Humanising Language Teaching Scholarship for the 2011 IATEFL Conference. For more details see the Letters section of this issue

David R Hill to Receive First Milne Innovation Award
Honolulu, 1 November 2010

Prof. Richard R Day, Executive Director of the Extensive Reading Foundation, announced today that Prof. Emeritus David R. Hill, of the University of Edinburgh is the recipient of the first John A. Milne Innovation Award in the service of the Extensive Reading approach to language learning.

Prof. Hill has been the director of the Edinburgh Project in Extensive Reading (EPER) since 1981. He had previously taught English in secondary schools in Uganda, the UK and Malaysia before joining the Institute for Applied Language Studies at Edinburgh University. EPER was the first attempt to set some order to the growing number of "Graded Readers", grouping them into appropriate reading levels, evaluating their quality, placing them into sets suitable for various language proficiency levels and providing teacher support materials for them.

The Award is named in honour of John Milne. As creator of the Heinemann Guided Readers series in the 1970s, Milne believed that the traditional grading of vocabulary and structure was not enough to make a book suitable for language learners. He therefore took a different approach, basing his series on good, clear writing, relevant content, careful explanation and control of information, and intuitive word and structure control. These innovations have been crucial in the development of language learner literature.

The award will be presented to Professor Hill at the ERF Awards Ceremony during the IATEFL Conference in Brighton in April of 2011.

The Extensive Reading Foundation (, founded in 2004, aims to promote Extensive Reading as a highly effective means of language learning. To this end the Foundation offers awards to the best new graded reader titles annually, maintains an annotated bibliography of research into Extensive Reading and conducts other activities to promote research and the implementation of Extensive Reading in schools. The Foundation will sponsor its first World Congress in September of 2011 in Kyoto, Japan.

The next important piece of news is a fantastic new offer from Pilgrims. Please read the information below and find out how you can come to Pilgrims for free even if you are not eligible for an EU grant this year.


The deadline for the EU funding for Pilgrims Summer Courses is 15th January 2011.

Pilgrims is not yet listed in Comenius database, however, all Pilgrims courses are eligible for EU funding as we are one of the recommended schools for professional training. For more on courses to choose from for Easter and the summer of NO OF HERE2011 go to our website:


Please bear in mind that we need your full registration form in order to reserve a place for you. As soon as we receive the registration form we will send your letter of confirmation and joining documents which you should include as part of your application for the EU funding.

You will not be required to make any payment before you hear from the national agency. However, it is essential that you let us know as soon as you have heard from them if you need to cancel your booking ( that is if you get a negative reply). Otherwise the payment is due no later than four weeks before the course start date. Please bear in mind that it is essential that you let us know immediately about funding results. In that way we can make sure that your place on your chosen course is reserved. There is no booking or cancellation . All relevant information will be available on Pilgrims website very shortly, in the meantime please contact me: for further details.


If you came on a grant last year or a year before then you won’t be able to apply again in 2011, so we have thought of an even better way for you to come back to Pilgrims in 2011 – completely free!

All you have to do is ensure that a minimum of 6 of your friends and colleagues successfully apply and pay for any two week Pilgrims Teacher Training course in 2011 and we will give you a free 2 week Pilgrims Teacher Training course with Self Catering Accommodation included!

So please speak to your colleagues and help them apply for their grants and hopefully we will see you again much sooner than you thought!

FOR Full details of how this offer works – email:

We very much look forward to welcoming you here in Canterbury next summer.

Good luck with the funding!
Best wishes


Lizzie Wojtkowska
Teacher Training
Pilgrims Ltd

Tel: 01227 818207
Mob: 07748 487013
Fax: 01227 459027

If you are wondering which course to choose, take a look at the Course outline section. Two articles which may inspire you are: ICT in the Classroom: New Pilgrims Courses by Kristina Smith, and My experience on How NLP Has Influenced Me as a Teacher and Learner by Lauren Damas. Pilgrims courses can be truly inspiring and you may start writing poetry like Alexandra Costa who attended a Pilgrims special group course: APPI Teacher’s Training Course: A Poem.

As for other ways of professional development, there are some conferences you may want to attend. There is the Teacher Trainer Conference organised by our sister magazine the TTJ and the MATSDA Conference where the presenters and the theme of the conference are very close to the HLT heart.


In 2011 the Teacher Trainer Journal will be 25 years old! We want to celebrate that quarter of a century by bringing together readers, subscribers and contributors to the Teacher Trainer journal, together with new and experienced teach trainers, and those soon to enter the field, so we can share perspectives and practical ideas on teacher education.

On the agenda…..

  • Plenary session on major issues in pre and in-service teacher training
  • Participant presentations and practical workshops with the chance of publication as a follow up
  • ‘Writer’s Workshop’ – Tips on publishing articles on work as a trainer
  • ‘People who Train People’ – A live interview with someone from a parallel field

Proposals Accepted for:

  • ‘An article comes alive!’ – Past contributors to the journal will choose one of their own articles, talk about why they wrote it and invite comments from participants
  • ‘Case Study Hour’ – Participants present a case study based on a work issue and offer it up for analysis and comment by colleagues in small groups

The Venue

The Teacher Trainer 25th Anniversary Conference will be held at the University of Kent, on the hilltop overlooking the beautiful city of Canterbury in the county of Kent – known as the Garden of England. Accommodation can be booked on the campus which has easy transport links into Canterbury and London airports.

There are many fantastic contributions in this issue such as: TESL Instructional Materials and First-Generation Learners: Voices of the Voiceless by J. John Love Joy, Language Learning Strategies and Foreign Language Acquisition by Lorraine Cleeton and Lois A. Grollitsch, and Identifying Learning Needs: Using Narrative Analysis by Anil Pathak and Sng Bee Bee, just to name a few.

As you know HLT tries to cooperate with various schools and countries. Now HLT is starting a new series of articles by teachers from Luxembourg: Encouraging the Appreciation of Literature Through Personal Involvement by Danielle Frisch, and Encouraging Learner Autonomy Through Presentations by Michel Bintener. There will be more contributions from teachers associated with the University of Luxembourg in the next issues. The contributions result from our cooperation and acknowledge the expertise to be found in Luxembourg. The articles reflect particular pedagogical context and are representative samples of a particular teaching environment. I am sure you will be able to relate to the articles and you may decide to contribute a piece along similar lines.

In this issue there are many practical ideas, for example in: Teaching Grammar to Dyslexic Children: Some Ideas by Daniela Tomatis, Fun with Pictures for ELT by Simon Mumford, Let’s Take a Look at Affricate Sounds with “The Pink Panther” by Bettiana Andrea Blázquez, and Take the Sting out of Teaching 2nd Conditional by Natasha Jovanovich.

There are also practical ideas in the Corpora Ideas section. In this issue you will find: Some Ideas on How to Use the British National Corpus On-line: Using the Discovery Technique for Teaching Lexis. Over the past months I have had very few contributions for this section. I would like to invite all those interested in the Corpus to send me their articles or ideas which can be turned into articles. This is a CALL FOR PAPERS.

Christmas is coming so we have something for those who celebrate it: Magical Christmas by Fiona James, and Christmas: Activating your Memory through your Senses! by Lauren Damas.

Please take a good look at the Readers Letters section. There are some very interesting letters and a lot of different pieces of news, also regarding the HLT Scholarship.

Enjoy the issue
Hania Kryszewska
HLT Editor


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