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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 ...

Reviewed by Neil Preston, IH Brisbane   Doing Task-based Teaching offers a great way in for teachers who are interested in incorporating task-based activities into their lessons, but also has a lot to offer for those people who are already familiar with, and using task-based teaching. The main strength of this book is the sheer amount of ...

Reviewed by Stefano Maraessa, IH Mexico City The Task-Based (TB from now on) approach has always intrigued me since I started my teaching career, therefore, when I was asked to review this book, I thought of it as an enormous opportunity to both deepen and further my understanding of the topic. And it did!  Rod Ellis' book ...

Reviewed   by Andrew Scott, IH Journal Editor ‘EAP Essentials: A teacher’s guide to principles and practice’ by Olwyn Alexander, Sue Argent, Jenifer Spencer is a specialist handbook for English for Academic Purposes teachers. The book developed from the authors running a short professional development course for EAP teachers at Heriot-Watt University. It is written for new ...

by Pete Gibson, IH Bristol Overview: “If you are going to write another coursebook for the English language, please try to do something a bit different.” …one of the quotes accompanying the new Global 6-level multi-media coursebook series from Macmillan. In many ways, Global has succeeded in meeting this anonymous teacher’s request. Written by a team of award-winning ...

Reviewed by Norman Cain, IH Rome Manzoni It is not often that a book about vocabulary comes onto the market that can satisfy a cross section of ‘teacher’ readers but McCarthy, O’Keefe and Walsh have managed to do this with the Vocabulary Matrix. The book is intended for pre-service or recently qualified teachers who are new ...

by Louise Stringer, IH Budapest Ever felt that your textbook is all wrong for your class, but couldn’t bring yourself to dump it, or felt guilty for letting lessons go off on a tangent after a student brings up something interesting? Teaching Unplugged may help you feel differently about situations like these. The first book to ...

reviewed by Raquel Rumor, IH Toronto Ben Goldstein’s Working with Images: A resource book for the language classroom focuses on using images as the central text in the language classroom. The book successfully attempts to address and discuss why images have been traditionally used as accessories to the written text, and have not been ...

Reviewed by Lucia Berenguer, IH Montevideo When we teach a language, we should tackle the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking). Taking into account all of them, which one do you think is the least valued? Which one has the smallest number of available resources? Which one is generally the most difficult to learn? If ...

Fifty ways to improve your Presentation Skills in English…without too much effort! Bob Dignen Summertown Publishing, 2007 I’m not a businesswo…businessperson I heard myself protest. I’m an English teacher. I don’t need  “Fifty Ways to Improve Your Presentation Skills in English”! In my usual hurried way I had thought I was going to review a book with 50 fun ...