Dear HLT Readers,
Welcome to the October issue of HLT.
In this issue we are saying goodbye to Susan Holden - an author, editor, publisher, trainer, a dear friend and respected colleague. In the collection Remembering Susan Holden many ELT professionals remember Susan. Imagine, on October 21st we all should be celebrating her birthday. How sad…
One of the major themes in this issue is tertiary and adult education. There are six articles relating to these subjects: Factors Leading Academic Writing Students to Plagiarism and Their Strategies to Avoid It by Chindy Putri Susilaningtyas, Listyani and Anton Wahyana, In-Company Training as an Organizational Form of Professional Improvement by Dora Mirta Troitiño Díaz, Digital Communicative Competence in the Foreign Languages Degree Course by Sandra Alemán Blanco and Adys Maria Nassiff Samón, Taiwanese EFL College Freshmen’s Use of Blogging for Extending Their Engagement with English Learning by Chin-Wen Chien, Teaching Expository Writing to ESP 4th Year Medical Students Ania Gómez Gómez, Pedro E. Rodríguez Rodríguez, and Developing Presentation Skills: The Simulated Conference by Anila R. Scott-Monkhouse
The second theme is story telling and literature. Don’t miss Story Telling Today: Part 1 by Bink Venery, and Let Me Tell You a Story You Haven’t Heard Before: Setting up Global Online Storytelling Courses and Coaching by David Heathfield. In the To the Editor section, you will find more information on the projects and courses David Heathfield is offering online.
The two texts on using literature in the EFL classroom (Way to Advancement in EFL Through Literature and Polish by Marija Liudvika Drazdauskiene, and Teaching Kazuo Ishiguro’s Novel Never Let Me Go and Improving Reading Skills by Alenka Blake) go well with the story telling theme.
The three texts: “Kill or let die?” - Students’ Reaction to a Moral Dilemma in an EFL Task by Andrea Huszákné Vendégh, Tales of Strays ACTION! by Margarita Kosior, and An Introduction to Accessibility by Tom Lennard, raise issues of moral dimensions in life, values, inclusion and empathy. You will find more on related issues in Short Book Reviews, Hanna Kryszewska, Poland (Developing Tenacity and Nature-Based Learning) and in Cooperative Learning and the Sustainable Development Goals from Peachey Publications.
There is also the theme of motivation, coaching and psychology in the English classroom, represented by Twenty Strategies to Engage 21st Century Learners in the Teaching-Learning Process, Shabir Hassan Banday, Coaching in the ESL Classroom, Emmanuelle Betham, and Positive Psychology in the Secondary EFL Classroom by Tamara Schüszler.
Last not least, there is an excellent text by Rod Bolitho and Alan Maley on our general approach to the teaching profession and teachers’ belief systems in Connecting What We Do as Teachers With What We Believe and Who We Are. This is a very inspiring and thought-provoking text. In a sense it stands in juxtaposition to A New Citation Standard for AI-Generated Content by A.G. Elrod, who, I believe, for the first time mentions AI and ChatGPT in HLT.
I really wonder where the new developments will take us and how we can take them on board humanistically. I would like to invite you to contribute articles on the subjects and share your views.
Enjoy the October issue of HLT.
Hania (Hanna) Kryszewska