Review: Activities for Alternative Assessment – Leo Selivan

Delta Publishing produced two of my favourite resource books for teachers – Activities for Task-Based Learning and Activities for Mediation. No joke, these books are the most popular in the academy – I even have to tell teachers NOT to take them home! So, I was over the moon when I was able to getContinue reading “Review: Activities for Alternative Assessment – Leo Selivan”

Review: Cambridge Elements – Mediating Innovation through Language Teacher Education – Martin East

Here we are again with another review of another Cambridge Element! Martin East is someone who really needs no introduction, especially to those in the TBLT world. When I heard that he was releasing an Element that focused on innovation, with TBLT as the ‘focus’, and it was done so from a teacher education perspective,Continue reading “Review: Cambridge Elements – Mediating Innovation through Language Teacher Education – Martin East”

Review: Cambridge Elements – Language Teacher Educator Identity – Gary Barkhuizen

Back in February of 2021, Cambridge published the first Cambridge Element in Language Teaching (they have loads of other really interesting Elements series for those that are interested) – Language Teacher Educator Identity, written by Gary Barkhuizen. I recently got myself a copy, and as usual the Element delivered. This Element, however, was perhaps oneContinue reading “Review: Cambridge Elements – Language Teacher Educator Identity – Gary Barkhuizen”

Review: The Cambridge Guide to Second Language Teacher Education – Edited by Anne Burns and Jack C. Richards

I’ve been doing a fair bit of reading as of late (more than the usual), and one of my reading ‘projects’ has been Burns and Richards’ The Cambridge Guide to Second Language Teacher Education. This took me a little while to get through, but it was very interesting and well thought-out. I need to clarifyContinue reading “Review: The Cambridge Guide to Second Language Teacher Education – Edited by Anne Burns and Jack C. Richards”

Review: Cambridge Elements – Task-Based Language Teaching – Daniel O. Jackson

Those of you that read my review of Farrell’s Cambridge Element will know that Cambridge have a relatively new series out called Cambridge Elements. These Elements are short (generall around 50 – 60 pages of reading content, with maybe 20+ pages of references), and aim to cover the basics of certain areas. The good thingContinue reading “Review: Cambridge Elements – Task-Based Language Teaching – Daniel O. Jackson”

Review: Cambridge Elements – Reflective Practice in Language Teaching – Thomas S.C. Farrell

For those that don’t know, Cambridge has an Elements series, which is basically a series of 50-page booklets aiming to cover all the relevant and recent research on a certain topic. When they are released, there is usually a two-week period in which they are free to download, then you need to pay for them.Continue reading “Review: Cambridge Elements – Reflective Practice in Language Teaching – Thomas S.C. Farrell”

Review: Language Teacher Education – Jon Roberts

On the reading list for the NILE MATD is Jon Roberts’ Language Teacher Education. I had never heard of it, to be honest, but after reading it I am unsure as to why it isn’t more widely known. In this review, I’ll talk about the ‘what’ of the book, major takeaways, as well as myContinue reading “Review: Language Teacher Education – Jon Roberts”

Review: Cambridge Elements – Explicit and Implicit Learning in Second Language Acquisition – Bill VanPatten and Megan Smith

Some time ago, Cambridge released VanPatten and Smith’s Explicit and Implicit Learning in Second Language Acquisition as part of the Cambridge Elements series. Whenever these Cambridge Elements come out, there is usually a period of about two weeks in which they are free to download. I took advantage of this, got myself a copy, andContinue reading “Review: Cambridge Elements – Explicit and Implicit Learning in Second Language Acquisition – Bill VanPatten and Megan Smith”

Review: Beyond Training – Jack C. Richards

I first picked up Richards’ Beyond Training about two or three years ago. I remember reading it and thinking it was an interesting read, but now, a few years, on I decided to pick it up again and see if there was anything ‘new’ that I could gain. Well, I can say that, one, IContinue reading “Review: Beyond Training – Jack C. Richards”

Review: The Lexical Approach – Michael Lewis

For one of my NILE MAPDLE Core Module assignments, I had to prepare a set of materials that ‘taught’ (in some way) a piece/pieces of language. As I am very much against prescriptive grammar teaching and was recommended against doing something focused on phonology, I opted for lexis – and focused on formulaic language forContinue reading “Review: The Lexical Approach – Michael Lewis”