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Apr 2019 - Year 21 - Issue 2

ISSN 1755-9715

To The Editor

Letter 1

Dear Hania,

Thank you for your email and for returning a completed copy of the audit questionnaire. It is much appreciated. This is just a note to confirm that your journal's updated entry has been published in our online database,

 Please contact us should there be any future changes to the journal.

Many thanks and best regards.

Sarah Pollard

Cabell Publishing, Inc.


Letter 2

Dear Hania,


Congratulations for the 20th anniversary of HLT mag! I am among your faithful reader, though I haven't sent you articles since years as I write mostly these years in German and Hungarian. 

Meanwhile I organized an online magazine for Waldorf school language teachers

A cooperation could come about between us in sense of sharing some articles.

e.g. now I' d like to republish Andrew Wright's article from your last HLTmag issue in

Can I?

It was a pleasure to read Mario's article too in the latest issue. (…) I hope he is well.


Yours faithfully

Mihaly Hevesi


Letter 3

Dear Hania,

What a splendid issue!  Many congratulations on getting it out with such a richness of contents!


all the best

Alan Maley


Letter 4

(the February issue)





HURRAY   without reservations


I was really taken by the Grenoble lady’s piece on EMPATHY.


A bit too much from/about that Rinvo is up to the editor to turn noisy gushing springs into well managed fountainlets!




Letter 5

Blog: The universality of ‘pastries’ – why we sometimes fail to understand each other

"A researcher once found that non-understanding can take place due to the expectations of the listener. He discovered that some listeners, when faced with someone non-native-looking, prime themselves and expect, albeit subconsciously, not to understand the non-native-looking speaker. They are then listening through these psychological filters, which take away the openness to understand."
Sometimes having the right words still isn't enough. In this post, resident ETp blogger Chia Suan Chong explores the factors that can cause misunderstanding. 

Read this blog

Subscriber exclusive article: Let’s revise! Activities to review what students have learnt

"I guess we have all experienced the following scenario: You introduced a new topic the day before, and your learners have already forgotten all about it. What can you do? How can you help them brush up on that forgotten material? To counter this problem, I always start my lessons with a revision slot in which we refresh and reactivate previously-learnt topics together as a class."
In this subscriber exclusive article, Martin Bastkowski, English teacher, university lecturer, and materials writer, offers 12 engaging activities to remind students what they have learnt in previous lessons. 

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Letter 6

"Close your books. It’s one of the most popular sentences in the classroom. We all love to shut the coursebook from time to time and do something different, something more communicative, something new. We want to escape from the well-paved path of book-based exercises and wander for a while in the green forests by the side of the road. Leaving the book for a lesson or a day is a relief, a pleasant change, but should we close it forever? Is it time to consign the coursebook to that great recycling bin in the sky? Some people think so. The debate rumbles on in the blogosphere, as teachers, trainers and materials developers cross swords over whether the coursebook has had its day."
In this article, Alastair Lane describes why he remains a keen supporter of coursebooks.

Read the full article

Article: Developing oral skills through poetry

"Among the many aspects of oral language that this article addresses, the most important factor that determines students’ improvement in oral language skills and reading achievement seems to be confidence in one’s own abilities. The activities described in this article ultimately seek to boost students’ self-confidence in learning by creating a pleasurable risk-free environment where students are given ample listening and speaking opportunities and language is continuously practised in a non-embarrassing way."
In this featured subscriber-exclusive article from the January 2019 issue of Modern English Teacher, Eun Seon Chung describes a research project she is planning with young learners based around poetry.

Read the full article


Letter 7

The HOW + adjective construction. A self-test


The HOW + adjective construction is very  productive in English. To test your ability to use it,fill in the blank in each sentence below.Feel free to use your monolingual dictionary.

 Enjoy !To help you, the adjective initial will be given.

The first item is done for you. 


1.HOW  accurate  are  weather forecasts  ?

2.HOW  c_______ does it get there in Winter ?

3.HOW d_______ is the Atlantic Ocean ?

5.HOW e___________ are headache medicines ?

6..HOW f______ are we from Mars ?

7. HOW  g______  is reading subtitles when watching foreign movies/miniseries ?

8. HOW h______ is Mount Everest ?

9. HOW i____________ are dolphins ?

10.HOW j__________  are self-help books  ?

11.HOW k_________are caretakers to elderly patients ?

12. HOW l_______ are  most  miniseries ?

13. HOW m___________ are your childhood actions ?

14. HOW n______ is the field of Peace Linguistics ?

15. HOW o______________are scientists ?

16. HOW p___________ are world leaders  ?

17. HOW q_____________ is bullying at school ?

18. HOW r_____________ is encyclopedia information ?

19. HOW s____________ are  city streets now  ?

20. HOW t__________ is the new Chinese statue ?

21. HOW u_________ is the implementation of Human Rights ?

22. HOW v____________ is futurism ?

23. HOW w_______ are  today´s  youth ?

24 HOW  y_______ do children have to be to attend kindergarten ?

25. HOW z_________ are today´s  comedies ?


Francisco Cardoso Gomes de Matos, co-founder, ABA Global Education, Recife, Brazil


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