As mentioned in my introductory page, I write the reviews in brief page at the back of the EL Gazette.

As mentioned in my introductory page, I write the reviews in brief page at the back of the EL Gazette. One of the things I LOVE most is receiving review books in the post. My garage is full of EFL books!

I have just had a look at the first book I have come across on Interactive Whiteboards. It’s from Helbling, and the author is Daniel Martin, who I had the good fortune to meet in Seville last month at the TESOL conference. I would say that one good thing about this book is that there’s a CD-ROM at the back with some activities on it. You can play this without copying the files to a computer, and you don’t need an interactive whiteboard to look at it!

One of my favourite activities is called ‘Auction’ where students bid for famous paintings. You pull up a painting from the bank of images at the bottom and students bid for the painting. An old idea but it shows the power of images. One good thing about this book is that its central message seems to be that our everyday pedagogy serves as the best route in to using an IWB, which is re-assuring.

This morning, a book called ‘Web 2.0 and second Language Learning’ arrived. It is huge, heavy and contains over 600 pages. I don’t know when I will ever get time to open it, but I guess that’s what holidays are for. I’m amazed the postman didn’t break his back just lifting it up….As a reviewer, I consider myself lucky to receive these books, and I hope to pass on the world’s largest EFL library to my (still to be born) offspring….