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Letter 1

Hi Hania,

Just to let you know I have been working to update my website and hoping it is working OK.

If you had time to go into and tell me how it is, especially if there are any problems, I would be glad to hear from you

I have put half a dozen articles on it, and, of course, if anyone wants any others, please let me know.

Heading for NZ soon. Weather has been very bad, so I hope they do something about that before I get there.

Best wishes, Carol Griffiths

Letter 2

Hi Hania,

I work for, a provider of free educational resources for teaching children to read. We have just introduced a great new curriculum, sponsored by the Georgia Preschool Association, for teaching Phonemic Awareness (also called Pre-Phonics) to children. Would you please post a link to us ( on your website? Our site is packed with games, activities, and tools to help parents and educators prepare children for learning to read.

Our free and printable materials are designed to promote learning in the classroom and also at home. The site's features include:

  • A Curriculum covering the full range of Phonological and Phonemic Awareness
  • Classroom-tested Lessons based on the latest research, complete with “how-to” videos
  • Printable picture cards, word lists, and game boards
  • Teaching Tips for tailoring games to the specific needs of your students

I appreciate your help in letting people know about this great new resource!

Margo Edwards
Director of Content Development
1718 Peachtree St NW, Ste 380
Atlanta, Georgia 30309

Letter 3

Hello, Hania!

I'm Teresa Almeida d'Eca based in Portugal, a retired EFL teacher. I wrote an article for your magazine several years ago when Mario Rinvolucri was still in charge.

I have just read Ruben Correia's article, "Classroom Anxiety and Young Language Learners". It's very interesting and there are a couple of things I'd like to comment with him, as well as send him a work I wrote back in 1995 and self-published on my website several years ago.

Is it possible to give me his email address? I think we have lots in common and that he'd enjoy what I have to show him.

I could write for HLT about my Pronunciation Made Easy (for Portuguese-speaking learners of English) e-dictionary, which I self-published in September 2014. It's based on a strategy that bridges the L1 and the L2. It worked wonders with hundreds of students of mine. And I've been wondering if it works for other native languages and English. Do you think you could help me with feedback about the use of sounds of your language to teach English pronunciation?

You're very welcome to take a look at the website and download a free sample.

Best regards,


Letter 4

Film in Action by Kieran Donaghy has received yet another glowing review, this time in July's Media & Learning Newsletter. Mathy Vanbuel writes 'Film in Action is a practical guide for all those in education who believe in the educational advantages of moving images in language learning and who are looking for arguments to adopt this and for activities or inspiration to start doing it themselves.' Read the review in full here.

Heads Up - Spoken English for Business by Mark Tulip, Louise Green and Richard Nicholas has received an excellent review in the ELTAS Summer 2015 News. Gary Anello says of Level 1 'The book hits the ground running and has students speaking right away - a major asset when dealing with learners of business English. The emphasis is really on their talking about the work they do, not on the work the coursebook presumes they do. The units are short and the learners complete a specific task at the end of each one, allowing for good focused practice in each of the areas the unit covers.' Read the rest of the review here.

DELTA Publishing

Letter 5

23rd August is the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, marking the night of the insurrection in Saint-Domingue that played a crucial role in putting an end to the transatlantic slave trade.

Join Cambridge Scholars Publishing in commemorating this day, designated by UNESCO, not only to remember those who were subjected to the slave trade, but also to recognise that slavery still exists in certain areas of the world today. Click here to read more and to get a 50% discount on three of our related titles.

It has been a little over a year since the implementation of our new royalty scheme, and we are delighted with the benefits that it has brought our authors and editors. Under this structure, authors receive royalties from their very first sale. Click here to find out more.

Our August discount campaigns, with a time-limited discount of up to 60%, include:

Book of the Month – our must-read title this month is The End of Meaning: Studies in Catastrophe, by Matthew Gumpert. Described as “masterful” and “disturbing”, it is a thought-provoking and pertinent study of catastrophe, and suggests that this phenomenon is not as rare as we might think. To find out more and get a 60% discount on this title, please click here.

The Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Reads’ – Professor Jon Nixon has chosen this month’s recommended read, and has selected About the Boys: Stories from the Urban Community by Lynn Maddern. We are offering a 50% discount on this book to all our readers – please click here to view Professor Nixon’s choice.

Forthcoming Titles, New Releases and Best Sellers – be the first to know about our new and noteworthy, or best-selling titles—all reduced by up to 50%. Our Editors have hand-picked 9 titles that are generating a buzz. Please click on our homepage to view the selection.

Happy reading!
Christine von Gall
Deputy Editor
Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Letter 6


For your feedback, please


When language education materials we evaluate
What kind of evaluative approach to we advocate ? Why?

What kind of checklist do we apply ?
With what key principles does it comply ^

Is it linguistically based ?
Is it also psychologically focused ?

Is it interculturally predicated ?
Is it also environmentally(ecologically?) orientated?

Is it sociologically grounded ?
Is it also technologically well-sounded ?

Is it politically inclined ?
Is it also Human Rights aligned ?

Is it pedagogically advanced ?
Is it peacefully enhanced ?

Is it artistically created ?
Is it also imaginatively elated ?

Add to the checklist. Justify your additions.

Francisco Gomes de Matos, Recife, Brazil


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