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August 2018 - Year 20 - Issue 4

ISSN 1755-9715

Pilgrims News

Bonnie Tsai Scholarship for 2019

Bonnie Tsai

Bonnie Tsai was everything we expect and respect in a Creative Pilgrims Teacher and Trainer. She inspired thousands of teachers across the world. The most rewarding way for us to keep her memory alive is to encourage other teachers to be brave and not afraid to express their creativity, to develop interests in innovative approaches to teaching, and to find ways to implement them. 

So once again we are pleased to announce a Bonnie Tsai Scholarship, where the prize for the winning entry is a free 2 week Creative Methodology for the Classroom course or another course of your choice (in tune with the theme of the scholarship competition) at Pilgrims in 2019 including 2 weeks accommodation

For details of the courses go to

The theme for the 2019 competition is:

Implementing 21st Century Skills in ELT:
Learning and Innovation - the 4C’s

  • The 4 C’s include:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Communication
  • Collaboration

For more see:

To win the scholarship submit an entry consisting of three parts in which you:

  1. present your views on why we need a new approach to language teaching in the 21st century, if possible support with examples – 500-750 words max. NB. Bibliography is optional; include one only if you refer to the sources in your text
  2. present your own lesson plan in lesson plan format which illustrates how you implement one or more of 21st Century Skills, minimum 45 minutes long
  3. provide a short biodata maximum 6o words long, a photo and contact e-mail address.

NOTE The competition is also open to pre-service teachers who have completed their teaching practice module. If this is the cases please provide the name of the supervisor or tutor and their e-mail address.

Follow the Humanising Language Teaching guidelines for in-house style available at

You are more than welcome to include visual material and photos to illustrate your lesson. If this is the case, please embed them in the text or provide links to websites, but do not send separate attachments. Submit one file only.

Please submit your entry by e-mail by December 15th, 2018 to and write in the subject header of your email: ‘Bonnie Tsai Scholarship (BTS)’  so that the entry does not get ‘lost’ among other HLT contributions.

The entries will be judged by a panel of three judges (in alphabetical order): Paul Davis, Hania Kryszewska and Mario Rinvolucri.

The results will be announced in the February 2019 issue of HLT and by e-mail (to the winner).

The winning entry, as well as some selected entries, will be published in Humanising Language Teaching Magazine in later issues in 2019.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Teacher Training


British Council’s 2018 ELTon Awards winners announced

The winners were announced on June 18 at the ELTons awards ceremony at the Institute of Engineering and Technology in London.

In line with its nickname of ‘Oscars of ELT,’ the ceremony featured red-carpet interviews, a celebrity host, a guest list featuring the ‘who’s who’ of the ELT industry and more than 300 attendees.

Helena Gomm of English Teaching Professional announced the winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award –Tessa Woodward, a teacher, teacher trainer, author, and past IATEFL president, who Gomm described as not only having “her fingers in all the ELT pies, but achieved a great deal in all of them”.

Woodward is also the editor of The Teacher Training journal and is well-known in the industry for spearheading the movement for gender equality in ELT.

More at


New Pilgrims App

Our mission in Pilgrims is to add value, contribute and create possibilities for anyone who is learning or teaching English.

It is our intention to be a source of inspiration, motivation and distinctions that enhance the experience of the English language learning journey.

So we invite you to download our FREE app which provides unique material and resources for you, your English and your teaching.

You can get it at Google Play and the Apple App Store.  Just search for “Pilgrims English Coaching”

And we welcome your unique contributions for submission on the app.  Email videos, blogs, podcasts to



Pilgrims Summer 2018

Greetings from Pilgrims. The Teacher Training summer is in full swing. You can follow our posts on Facebook

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Here are some more impressions from the Teaching the Advanced learners course, July 2018.



IATEFL LASIG Conference with Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic: 'The Teacher's Role in Development of Learner Autonomy' (21-22 September 2018)

Key note speakers: Leni Dam, David Little, Libor Stepanek

This IATEFL / LASIG conference will explore the specific and ever-changing role that the language teacher plays within the context of autonomous learning. Our main themes include Personalized Learning, Counselling and Empowering Students as we think that redefining the teacher’s role is necessarily interlinked with an emphasis on students’ needs.
We wish to bring together teachers and teacher trainers at primary, secondary as well as tertiary levels to uncover a variety of approaches to the development of learner autonomy.

The conference will feature presentations and workshops on various aspects of learner autonomy. In addition, a session for individual sharing and networking is scheduled to give everyone a chance to participate informally.

For more details and to book online please click here


16th International TELLSI Conference

Some of the proceeding from the conference and conference papers will be published in HLT in the June 2019 issue of HLT.