Milestones in ELT

A series of classic texts from the British Council, made available online to celebrate the British Council's 75th and 80th anniversaries.

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English for specific purposes

This 1978 publication focuses on English for academic purposes (EAP) also referred to at the time as English for educational purposes, and comprises seven chapters. Hawkey's introduction notes 'the significant agreement in all the papers on the importance of designing courses to train specific and relevant study as well as purely communication skills'.

Projects in materials design

In this 1980 collection in the ELT Documents series, authors engaged in different projects share their experiences of producing, adapting and using English for specific purposes (ESP) materials. This was a time of rapid expansion in the field, with a corresponding multiplication of teaching challenges and attempts to find solutions.

Issues in language testing

This book is based on papers and discussions at a Lancaster University symposium in October 1980 where seven applied linguists met to discuss problems in language testing. In the Introduction, the book's editor Charles Alderson refers to the discomfort felt by many language teaching practitioners faced with the subject of 'testing', given the predominance of statistical analysis in the field.

Index to English language teaching journal, 1972–1977

This 1977 publication supplements the Index to Twenty-Five Years of English Language Teaching, which covered the years from the launch of the journal in 1946 to 1971. This follow-up volume contains 14 index sections, covering the same subject areas as the first volume, from spoken English to language learning, plus an author index.

The teaching of comprehension

This publication contains papers discussed at a British Association of Applied Linguistics (BAAL) seminar at the University of Edinburgh in September 1977.

Team teaching in ESP

This 1980 title looks at collaborative teaching where a subject and an English language specialist plan and deliver lessons jointly. Contributions in the book come from two universities; a further education college; an adult literacy unit; a national technical institute; a United Nations institute; and the British Council.

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