• Three of the chapters are written by UK-based practitioners, while four focus on ESP/EAP projects in Saudi Arabia (at King Faisal University, Dammam, and King Abdul Aziz University, Jeddah). These four chapters refer to local operational constraints...
  • Edited by Randolph Quirk and HG Widdowson, the book is structured according to seven main themes: The English language in a global context, English literature in a global context, Information and educational technology, Teacher preparation, Learner-...
  • A range of contexts are discussed by different authors, from English for French Baccalauréat students, to ESP programmes in educational institutions in locations as varied as Hawaii, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, Tunisia, the...
  • Nevertheless, Alderson noted increasing needs to clarify issues in three areas – corresponding to the three main sections of the book: Communicative language testing, Testing of English for specific purposes, and Testing of general language...
  • The index provides readers with volume, year and page number references, along with short glosses indicating content covered and the author’s argument or position where relevant.This book is free to download here.
  • The first two chapters present views of comprehension from psycholinguistic and discourse analysis perspectives, respectively. In the third chapter, an accessible overview of listening comprehension is offered, taking in the interactive factors...
  • Among other recommendations, the authors call for the creation of a grammar of the current use of English; recognition that the study of English literature cannot be a substitute for learning to use English; and for more teacher training...
  • Countries represented include Algeria, England, Kuwait, and Zambia. All but the final two chapters discuss reasons for introducing team teaching, and how far this approach succeeded in their institutions. The first three papers are from the...
  • ELTECS provided network members with an opportunity to make new contacts, co-operate, share ideas and analyse key ELT issues from the public and private sectors. The papers in this publication come from three ELTECS conferences in the 1992 to 1994...
  • The first paper, by HH Stern, provides a useful historical overview, as well as highlighting differences of perspective expressed at the conference, including his own viewpoint. Janice Yalden flags up the negotiation processes involved in designing...
  • These approaches included focusing on: students’ needs; communicative methods; discourse analysis; pragmatics; and the teacher’s role. The event was seen as enabling participants both to survey current expertise in the region, and to share practice...
  • The papers in this volume were selected from contributions to the UWIST/SELMOUS joint conference ‘Communication in English’ held at the University of Aston in Birmingham in September 1982. Referring to the conference, the editors note a ‘growing...
  • Henry Widdowson, in the introductory chapter, considers how to bring the communicative approach to English for science and technology (EST) by offering a practical middle way between pedagogic and linguistic perspectives. In an influential second...
  • The author begins by explaining the purpose and day-to-day functioning of four contrasting types of self-access centre – the ‘instruction centre’ involving a programme of learning; the ‘practice’ centre, which directly complements classroom teaching...
  • The first chapter briefly defines ‘games’ and ‘simulations’ in the ELT context and offers advice regarding elements necessary in the design and management of such activities. Three further authors then discuss the value of various activities in some...
  • The Editorial highlights work being done with the state governments of Madras and Bombay on structural syllabi, while subsequent articles illustrate some of the guiding principles that were being advocated by the British Council at the time. Among...
  • Mostly drawing on the BBC’s experience as a world broadcaster, the chapters address issues such as: the integration of elements in multimedia language learning systems; the history of BBC English by radio and television; television materials for ELT...
  • It consists of papers from practitioners from countries in Europe, North America and Australasia, but with detailed reference to a wider variety of global teaching contexts. Topics range from ‘Investigating Learners’ Language’ to ‘Researching...
  • Following an overview of developments to date, the authors investigated various key issues from PRESET, INSET and advanced teacher education at the time. These included teacher language; working with the need for change while coping with constraints...
  • In his Preface, Christopher Brumfit challenged a recent claim that ESP had ‘legitimised English teaching’, suggesting rather that it had made English teaching ‘more purposeful’. The papers in this book include an extensive one on task-based learning...
  • The book aimed to cover ‘English teaching to British residents’ and addresses teaching children in the school sector; teaching adults in education and in the workplace; and teacher training, among others. One chapter asks ‘Can ESL teaching be racist...
  • The book, published in 1984, introduces the Canadian context and the work of the Centre, and then provides articles on a range of research. Issues featured include minority language students; immersion education; learning strategies; and observation.
  • Most of the projects were British Council-run. The authors reflect the preoccupations of expatriate project workers of the day, and the lack of African contributors strikes the modern reader immediately. Nevertheless, this is a valuable resource for...

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