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”

Review: Activities for Mediation – Riccardo Chiappini and Ethan Mansur

If you saw my Sponge Chat with Riccardo Chiappini and Ethan Mansur, then you’ll know that I have been using their amazing book, Activities for Mediation. I’ve had this for a while now and while I won’t say too much yet, I will say that it took me a while to write this review simplyContinue reading “Review: Activities for Mediation – Riccardo Chiappini and Ethan Mansur”

Review: Words, Words, Words – David Crystal

My bookshelf has quite a few different books, from quite a few different authors, but one author that seems to have made his way on to my shelf a number of times is David Crystal. Currently, I have Crystal’s The Cambridge Encyclopaedia of Language (I have the first edition and when I save up enoughContinue reading “Review: Words, Words, Words – David Crystal”

Review: Collaborative Action Research for English Language Teaching – Anne Burns

Over the past month or so, I have been preparing for my Nile MAPDLE core module assignments which pretty much all include action research. This preparation has consisted of many things, but one of the most useful has been reading Anne Burns’ Collaborative Action Research for English Language Teachers. In this review, I’ll aim toContinue reading “Review: Collaborative Action Research for English Language Teaching – Anne Burns”

Review: Second Language Acquisition and Task-Based Language Teaching – Mike Long

For my birthday, I was lucky enough to get a copy of Mike Long’s (2015) seminal work, Second Language Acquisition and Task-Based Language Teaching (Thank you Patrick, Carlota, Sara and Cesar!). It is a beast of a book and my copy as of now has many notes, post-its, etc. all over it because it isContinue reading “Review: Second Language Acquisition and Task-Based Language Teaching – Mike Long”

Review: History’s Mysteries – Sapp, Noble, Lacey, Gavell and Lawrence

Some time ago, I was lucky enough to get my hands on a copy of History’s Mysteries (a huge thank you to Walton Burns from Alphabet Publishing!), a book that aims to “create history-themed topics for reading and also for research, creative writing, and discussion” (p. viii). Being very much a strong proponent of reading-focusedContinue reading “Review: History’s Mysteries – Sapp, Noble, Lacey, Gavell and Lawrence”