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  ______________________________________________________________________ Lucy Horsefield - Chief Operating Officer, International House World Organisation lucy.horsefield@ihworld.co.uk ______________________________________________________________________ The IHWO office enjoyed a busy summer with new schools joining the IH network in Aberdeen, Astana (Kazakhstan), Donetsk (Ukraine), Heidelberg and Sao Paulo. September and October flew by with a constant stream of fairs and events to attend. Highlights included the LTM Star Awards ...

Reviewed by Andrew Scott, IH Journal Editor This year’s Ben Warren Prize winner has a formidable title. At the start of the book, Dörnyei notes that ‘the study of the acquisition, processing, and mental representation of a second/foreign language (L2) is in a process of transition towards acquiring a new disciplinary identity that is increasingly linked ...

Reviewed by Margaret Horrigan, IH Rome - Manzoni When this book arrived in my hand for review I was pretty excited. Second Language Acquisition (SLA) was something I had to study a while back. The author, Lourdes Ortega, was one of those names that kept recurring over the duration of my own research and when I ...

Reviewed by Danny Norrington-Davies, IH London Necessity is the mother of invention, and the idea for this collection came from a course Anne Burns and Jack Richards taught in Sydney in 2006. Having chosen to organise the course around key readings in second language teacher education (SLTE), the authors wanted a book that presented a broad ...

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Issue 28   Editorial       Classroom Matters Doing task-based teaching – Dave Willis, Designing writing tasks – Roger Hunt, If I were in your shoes – Margaret Horrigan, Genre matters in academic writing – Thomas Baker, Discord or symphony: tips for orchestrating your lesson – Jonathan Lewsey,  Language Matters Michael Halliday: An appreciation – Alan Jones, Grammaring – Wayne Rimmer, Anticipating the effect of the rise of China ...

The type of teacher I am has changed over time.  And the type of teacher I have been working towards becoming has also changed over time. Initially, the dynamic and inspiring teacher trainers on my CELTA course were the goal, something to aim for long term. Then with my first few years came experienced colleagues, ...

Doing task based 1

Doing task-based teaching By Dave Willis 1 Introduction Ideas change and develop. When Jane wrote A Framework for Task-based Learning (J. Willis 1996), the rationale was set out in an earlier paper, Willis and Willis (1987). Both the paper and the book were the products of research, classroom experience and contact with colleagues, notably N.S Prabhu whose work ...

Designing writing tasks

'And mother bear enquired as to who had been eating her porridge': designing writing tasks By Roger Hunt With the possible exception of art forms such as poetry, all authentic writing is written with a particular reader in mind and has a specific purpose. The intended readership and purpose of the piece of writing determines the linguistic style ...

If I were in your shoes

If I were in your shoes… By Margaret Horrigan Perhaps some of you know that 2010 is the UN’s year of biodiversity. Now, biodiversity is a term I heard a few years ago and it essentially was used back then to refer to the animal and plant kingdom. However, if we take Bill Bryson’s (2003) word for ...

Genre matters

Genre matters in academic writing by Thomas Baker At the University of Michigan, a genre-based approach is used to teach academic writing (hereafter AW) (Swales and Feak, 1994, 2004) for graduate, nonnative students and undergraduate students (Feak, 2007).  According to Paltridge, its basic premise is that language is “functional ... through language we get things done” (pg ...