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December 2019 - Year 21 - Issue 6

ISSN 1755-9715

To the Editor

Letter 1

Dear Hania


I LOVE the vast support system in place with Humanizing Language Teaching. Looking at the volume of articles, I don't think I'll run out of reading material any time soon!

Karin Wiebe


Letter 2

Dear Hannia
Thanks a lot for sending your interesting and useful magazine. Anyway, the
published issues are quite informative and refreshing for all teachers.
Edy Isabel Torres


Letter 3

Dear Hania,

Adrian Underhill has kindly forwarded me your details. I believe he has spoken to you regarding the Simon Greenall Award that will be launched jointly by International House London, Macmillan and International House World Organisation in January.

In the run up to the launch there are a number of short videos to ‘tease’ / publicise the award which we are promoting on the various social media channels. Adrian mentioned that HLT might be interested in publicising the award. If so, could you send me your ‘Social Media handles’, so that our post gets linked to your social media channels. (…)

Many thanks in advance.

Best wishes


Jason White  
Director of Education (Interim)


Letter 4

Hania, I thought you'd be interested in this very touching CNN article - "She was shot dead by the Nazis in 1942. Her secret diary is to be published after 70 years in a bank vault" - below,  by Gianluca Mezzofiore, CNN , September 12, 2019  about a Polish jewish girl martyr, Renia Spiegel, who tragically perished in 1942, after she was  discovered by the Nazis who shot her 1942.  Her memoirs, including her poetry, has just been published in a book - "Renia's Diary:: A young girl's life in the shadow of the holocaust" - published by Penguin.  You can read some of her beautiful and lovely poetry below in this CNN article.  I identify with her.  I will order this book.


All the best,



Letter 5

I can't say for an absolute certainty.  But I would like to suggest that those pedagogical techniques that are explicitly applied peace linguistic techniques, as supported by further reading at the end of each technique in which Dr. Francisco Cardo Gomes De Matos, Professor Emeritus of the Federal University of Pernasmbuco, Recife, Pernambo, Brazil and Dr. Patricia Friedrich, Associate Professor of Rhetoric, Composition, and Linguistics, Arizona States University, Arizona, is mentioned, including the references for those specific pedagogical techniques like "Adapting famous quotations to a non-killing perspective"  part. ph"Completing a non-killing paradigmatic set with nouns in -ATION" part ph; & "Composing a poem on "WHY MORE NON-VIOLENT PEOPLE ARE NEEDED" part ph..  These two said professors, Dr. Gomes de Matos and Dr. Friedrich helped and guided me very much in producing this pedagogical dicttionary and treasure of second languasge teaching techniques..  I could not have have completed this vast work that took me almost 25 yeasrs t publish without their help and guidance.  I would also like to mention Dr. Terrence Lamb, Professor of Innovative language learning and teaching at Westminster University, UK, and Dr. Margarita Ramirez, Associate Professor of Spanish, Presbyterian College, Clinton, South Carolina who provided me with invalusble moral and emotional support.  I'm forwarding this missive to them.  They have copies of my second language teaching dictionary.  Please do feel free to contact them, including Professor Noam Chomsy, world renowned intellectual activist writer and linguist of MIT and Arizona University.. In conclusion, I fervently and firmly believe that these said applied peace linguistics techniques can be applied as vehicles of peace concerning vital existential matters as climate change, ecological destruction, human rights, civil rights, ethno-linguistic conflicts, the threat of global thermonuclear war, poverty, lack of decent health care, racism, corruption, religious and tribal conflicts, and so forth.  You could also consider adapting the other second language techniques to fit the criteria of HLT and the theme of applied peace linguitics.


All the Best,

George Patterson


Letter 6

Your Vocabulary can be humanized in many ways

Here are 3 strategies for Vocabulary-humanizing days

(i)Make three 20-Item Lists of Positivizers

(Positivizing Nouns/Verbs/Adjectives)

(ii) Rank the selected Positivizers in terms of their possible  humanizing

effect/impact on interlocutors

(Iii) Classify Positivizers as character-elevating( dignifying), cooperation-centered,Peace-building.

Ask yourself if you are a Vocabulary-humanizer and discuss the suggested strategies with colleagues and students.


When we think through a rhyme

We help our mind creatively climb


When. a thought by rhyming  we express

Do we succeed and. creatively impress?


When by rhyming we are succint and profound

Has a new door to creativity been found?


Why should thinking through rhyming

be part of language education?

To help cognition beautify communication


Francisco Gomes de Matos , co-founder

ABA Global Education, Recife, Brazil


 For Climate Change to take place

The need for a major environmental transformation

Humanity has to face:

Effective pollution prevention

in urban  areas to sustain.

In rural areas ,antidrought

initiatives creatively to maintain

Climate Change is above all a global commitment to evironmental dignity.

The benefits of thorough climactic


will extend the Earth's liveability



By Francisco Gomes de Matos, ABA

Global.Education, Recife , Brazil


Letter 7

Here are some great questions for starting a conversation. There are a lot of random conversation starters to get you started and then conversation questions listed by topic. You can start with the random questions or find a topic that interests you. There’s no right place to start, just scroll down to wherever you want and get started!

There are tons of ways to use these questions. I find that the most rewarding way is for everyone to pull up this list of conversation starters on a phone or tablet, and then take turns letting everyone choose a question to ask the group. Remember don’t be afraid to delve deeply into the conversation. Answering the specific question isn’t the goal, having an interesting conversation is!

For more go to


shared by Marta Rosińska


Letter 8

Blog: Simply Study Skills by David Dogdson
Encouraging students to become aware of how they interact with language and be active in seeking learning opportunities is vital to helping them raise their level of English beyond the input lessons. In this post, David details how he encourages students to recognise, explore and engage with the multitude of language opportunities around them on a skill by skill basis.

Read now

Putting the Human Centre Stage by Mark Almond
Practical theatre techniques to develop teacher presence, rapport and a positive classroom community
This practical handbook focuses on the hidden skills within your teaching repertoire. Develop, reflect on, and improve these skills, enriching your practice in the process.
Putting the Human Centre Stage is out now from Pavilion ELT. 

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