Dear HLT Readers,
Welcome to the December issue. I hope you and your nearest and dearest are well and healthy. Pilgrims trainers and the Pilgrims community are scattered all over the word; for some it is winter and for some it is summertime. But as always we are active and we invite you to our next Pilgrims Café. The November Café was a great success so why don’t you join us next time? More information here.
Since there's no real Pilgrims news , other than bad news, namely: all tasters been cancelled because of this freaking pandemic, Chaz Pugliese Director of Education and Teacher Training, Pilgrims has decided to on a different subject as his contribution to HLT this issue. Take a look at Message from Chaz Pugliese.
There are four things I would like to tell you about. Firstly, the latest edition of The Pilgrims Teacher Trainer is now finally published! We hope you will like it and do feel free to distribute to anyone. You can access it via this link to the website https://pilgrimsttj.com, and note, now access is still free of charge.
We are told that in the new year there will be many changes in the visual look and format of the journal. Watch this space also for subscription information which will be introduced soon. If you have any comments Phil Dexter will be happy to hear from you (email@example.com)
Secondly we are happy to announce the winners of the Simon Greenall Award. Simon was a great colleague and we are happy he is remembered in such a beautiful way. You will find the details in The Simon Greenall Award: Press Release. The winners have submitted a text about their project which will appear in the February 2022 issue of HLT. It will be a real treat.
Also, in the Pilgrims section you will a Christmas gift from one of Pilgrims trainers Sharka Dohnalova, Sharka is sharing with HLT readears a beautiful text: Advent Calendar as an Opportunity for Asynchronous Learning. Follow the links in the article, or to be more specific the links in the calendar, and have great run with your young learners, or create a similar one for more adult ones. Thank you Sharka!
The last thing I would like to do before I hand over to the host editor of this is to invite you to my Institute at my home university - University of Gdańsk, Poland – to attend a very special and interesting conference at which, we hope, language teachers and translators will meet. You can find more details below.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Teacher and Translator Training Conference, Poland, 2-3 December 2022
The Teacher and Translator Training Conference aims at creating a venue for exploring the challenges and opportunities offered by these two domains. In two parallel sessions (Teacher Training, Translator Training) we want to review the currently dominating and emerging trends in preparing future teachers or translators for the challenges they will face on the job market.
These include theoretical considerations, teaching methods (during online or intramural instruction), assessment and evaluation of students’ work, including their BA, MA and Ph.D. projects.
Thus, we welcome proposals for papers (20 minutes), posters (10 minutes) and panel sessions (3-4 participants) addressing these and other issues connected with teacher training or translator training.
Selected conference papers should be published in two separate volumes of peer-reviewed collection on teacher training and translator training.
Languages of the conference: English, Polish
Venue: online, The University of Gdansk (Poland), The State School of Applied Sciences in Elbląg (Poland)
Time: 2-3 December, 2022
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 31 March
Acceptance of abstracts: 17 May
Registration fee: €100 (discounts for early-bird registration tba; also conference fee is waived in case of online participation)
For more details please download the PDF file attached below.
And now let me introduce Milena Tanasijević, who is the host editor of the December issue on on behalf of the ELTA Editorial Board. Thank you so much for putting together such an interesting issue. Working with you has been a great pleasure.
Enjoy the December and please accept my very best seasonal greetings.
It is a great honour and privilege to address you and welcome you to the December 2021 issue of the HLT Magazine on behalf of ELTA (English Language Teachers’ Association) Serbia and the ELTA Editorial Board: Vasiliki Papageorgiou, Zorica Đukić, Aleksandra Jevtović, Olivera Ilić, Jana Živanović and myself.
We are headed towards a new calendar year, a period when we need to take a deep breath and reflect upon what it is that we will remember and cherish from the year which we are leaving behind, and what we might want to change in the year to come. The challenges of working in education during a global pandemic have been discussed long and wide, and yet, each teacher and each student present a new view, a new situation, new circumstances… Together we are stronger and we can make our voices heard.
We collected articles and contributions from our colleagues and we were very happy that we can share the submission of some of our prolific writers with you all. The issue starts with a report About ELTA and what ELTA Serbia stands for, represents and does (by Jelena Spasić).
The ELT scene has been active in terms of projects and events, so you can read about the Pilgrims Training Course which took place in Oradea, Romania by Nada Filipović and Milida Vojvodić, the successful project English Access Microscholarship by Jelena Jevtovič (on behalf of ELTA), The Danube Story, using Drama as a Tool to Teach Cultural Heritage in a Second Language Class by Olja Milošević, a report about the 30+1 Hungary Conference written by Tamara Bradonjić, as well as a report about the European Day of Languages 2021 by Svetlana Garvrilović.
Bojana Nikić Vujić prepared an article on Teaching English to SEN Students with Autistic Spectrum, and Tamara Bradonjič wrote about Methodology in Reaching – Special Needs Education, which she presented at IATEFL Hungary 30+1 Conference
The topic of culture in language teaching is discussed in two articles. Vera Savić and Joan King Shin from the USA discuss Developing Intercultural Awareness and Sensitivity in the Language Classroom: From Personal Stories to Global Understanding, whereas. Marina Siskos discusses Essential Complementaries: English as an Additional Language and the New Media Language
Teaching online has become a reality for many of us. Some of us knew more about it than others, more of us learnt about it by doing. Here we share five articles which may help us discover more about it. Aleksandra Janković has written about Teaching English Online: A Degradation of Degrees or a World of New Possibilities, Sandra Plazibar about being Engaged Online, Jelena Spasič invites us to Jam the Lessons, Zlata Govedarica writes about Instagram - A Useful Tool, and Vicky Papageorgiou about Student Engagement in Teaching EAP with Learning Technologies.
We are happy to share three lesson ideas of our colleagues, Sandra Plazibat - The Curious Case of Teaching Backwards, Svetlana Gavrilović - Habits with Glyphs, and Lazar Jović - A Board Plan as Part of a Lesson Plan.
In the voices section, Jelena Peruača shares her experiences from Bilingual Teaching.
We are also happy that some of our colleagues shared their creative work with us, so we bring poems by Jelena Spasić, Nataša Božić Grujić and Tamara Bradonjić, as well as a poetic short story The Wrong Turn.
Milena Tanasijević on behalf of the ELTA Editorial Board,
Host Editor for the December 2021 issue of HLT