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June 2022 - Year 24 - Issue 3

ISSN 1755-9715

To the Editor

Letter 1

Hello Everyone

Congratulations on your new collection of poems for Ukraine - it's a wonderful piece of creative activism and an amazing resource. Now more from me.

Ukrainian Storytelling for Children

This is a new recording of Ukrainian teacher Alla Goeksu and David Heathfield doing mixed language storytelling live at the World Storytelling Cafe. It's for everyone, perhaps especially for teachers of young learners.

Alla and I did another very positive fundraising storytelling event on ZOOM  last night aimed at adults: WE STAND FOR UKRAINE.

Here is the recording of this very special World Storytelling Day event featuring Ukrainian storyteller Alla Goeksu, young musician and singer Daryna in Kyiv and her multi-instrumentalist uncle Iwan together with me, David Heathfield. What a joy it is in these darkest times to be celebrating Ukrainian culture through story, music and song.

Scottish storyteller Rona Barbour and American storyteller Laura Simms also tell stories as well as 'Storytellers of Old Tampa Bay' hosts Ross Tarr and Jim Kissane among others.

People can donate via international bank transfer to raise funds for a rescue vehicle:

Ukrain benotigt Hilte und Unterstutzung (Ukrain needs help and support)

Spenden for Humanitare  Hilfe in der Ukraine (Donations for Humanitarian Aid in Ukraine)

Bank Routing Information to Donate

Name: Ukrainischer Verin in Niederscher e.V.   (Ukrainian Association in Lower Saxony)

IBAN: D37251900010707504900


Zweck: Humanitare Hilfe Ukraine (Purpose: Humanitarian Aid to Ukraine)

The minibus will transport very young and old Ukrainian people to safety in Lower Saxony, Germany and bring in desparately-needed supplies to Ukrainians in Kyiev.

May goodness and peace prevail



Letter 2

Hello Hania,

I think we might have met many moons ago when I had a brief stint with the wondrous Pilgrim's crew way back in 2007 (I had to check my CV).

Right after that the Polish influx tightened up incoming foreigners and sadly I was no longer able to work with you all.

Richard Cooper and I lived together that summer and became friends.

All that to say that I do have a connection with you and the HLT and would like to be able to glean some support if possible. My colleague, Mohsin Tejani (currently head of SPELT)  and I developed an online experience over the initial pandemic year.

We launched it and had a highly successful first cohort last year, with a community of ten from my former trainees and his other contacts plus both of our mentors (!).

You can see it at entitled "Writing to Inspire Self-Reflection: Journaling and Poetry for Teachers.

We would like to find a larger audience and make it an ongoing course offering but are currently stumped on the marketing end. Hopefully some HLT readers will be intrigued.

Any questions can be addressed to



Many thanks in advance for any assistance,

Annie Polatsek


Letter 3

Kia ora Hanna!

Here are some photos of the box which the 24 books come in - a really neat design, very attractive! The QR code should take you to lots more info or you could go to the website:

Also photos of the front and back of the box.

Jill and I are delighted - it really was a joy to be involved in all this :-)

Have a great weekend and we hope you are now enjoying some fine spring weather with lots of flowers. Getting a bit cooler now here , day by day…

All best

Ngā mihi nui!

Charlie and Jill



Letter 4

High there,

Back in college, I almost gave up on learning languages. My classes and textbooks were tedious and boring. New grammar and vocab didn’t stick because it wasn’t meaningful, but learning with content I enjoyed changed that.


Because it keeps you motivated, gets language to stick, and crucially... it’s real. Not the boring robotic stuff in textbooks that sees your mind wandering off to what’s for dinner.

Imagine going into the real world confident you’re speaking the way locals actually speak.

So what are the best sources of authentic content?

Subscription TV (Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+, etc.)

Online news websites

Video games in your target language

Business/ fiction books you'd read in your native language

Social Media: YouTube, Instagram, TikTok, etc.

Now, you may be thinking: "Do I just watch shows I barely understand and hope it works?"

Because let’s face it, most methods make authentic content the last, "most advanced" thing you do.

Not us. We think it should be a core part of your learning right from the start.

FluentU curates a selection of content for every level. So what you watch is always within your reach as a learner. We won't just throw you into a complicated comedy sketch if it's your first day.

Instead, we balance your exposure to new material with content you're familiar with.

This ensures the difficulty of the content doesn't discourage you as your comprehension improves. And your transition from beginner to advanced will be a natural process.

That way you’ll quickly be comfortable with the language, be able to chat with people sooner, and understand the jokes in TV shows too ;)

So if you want to start learning with authentic content today, try FluentU free for 14-days.



Letter 5

Now more than ever is the time to get recognised for your achievements over the past year.

Whether you have an innovative digital product, are championing diversity, or achieving change through sustainable practices and collaboration. Enter our awards now for worldwide recognition. 

We are pleased to announce that we have extended the deadline for entry to our international awards ceremony to April 6th. No further extensions will be made, please ensure you complete your entry before the deadline.

If you have any questions about which category to enter please contact

Why enter? 

  • Gain global recognition of your work
  • Extensive coverage of the finalists and winners across our platforms and social media channels - The PIE reaches 2 million people each year!
  • Finalists and winners get featured in our digital magazine - The PIE Review 

There are 19 categories, so something for everyone. 
We are very excited about being back at London's historic and beautiful Guildhall on Friday 9th September for a hybrid event this year. Alongside our glamorous, in-person awards ceremony, there will be a virtual awards platform, so delegates who can't join us in London can watch all the action live on the night and network with delegates, finalists, sponsors and judges.


Letter 6

Dear Hania,

I hope this email finds you well and looking forward to the weekend ahead. As part of the launch of our brand-new digital product for English language teachers, Trinity Teach English Online and the Trinity Certificate in Online Teaching (CertOT), we are excited to share with you a range of free online teacher resources. It would be great if you are able to help us spread the word via your website and teacher network by sharing any of our Trinity Teach English Online resources:


Article: Top 5 tips for teaching English online

Attached is a teacher support article written by Simon Dunton, one of Trinity College London’s Teacher Education team: our best advice on online teaching two years after the first lockdown – as recommended by teachers! Please feel free to share with your teacher audience via your website.


Free teaching resources

As part of our course and qualification launch, we have a series of free articles and video clips with top tips to help teachers develop their online practice.


Speak to our academic experts

If you would like to speak to our internationally experienced team of teacher educators about teaching English online, our experts will be happy to participate in any interviews or Q&A’s, or to author a bespoke article on online teaching.


Review Trinity Teach English Online course and qualification

If you would like to review Trinity Teach English Online, our brand-new teacher development course leading to an Ofqual Level 4 qualification, please let us know and we will provide the relevant details.

If you have any queries or would like further information, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

With best wishes,



Ben Beaumont

Head of Teacher Education

T +44 (0)20 3752 4675

Trinity College London
Blue Fin Building
110 Southwark Street
London SE1 0TA


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