Category: Reviews

Review: Successful Group Work – 13 Activities to Teach Teamwork Skills

Review: Successful Group Work – 13 Activities to Teach Teamwork Skills

Many teacher manuals encourage the inclusion of group work in class activities, naming benefits including increased productivity, creativity and motivation. Still, to make the most of group work tasks and these advantages, teachers and learners must be aware that working in a team involves navigating certain challenges, which some basic training can help with. In her … Continue reading Review: Successful Group Work – 13 Activities to Teach Teamwork Skills

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Review: Writing – Learn to write better academic essays

Review: Writing – Learn to write better academic essays

I teach a lot of EAP and particularly essay writing classes, but have as yet not found a textbook to work with that I’m entirely happy with. Ever on the look-out, I came across the Collins EAP series, winner of the ELTon 2014 Innovation in Learner Resources Award, and more specifically: Van Geyte, E., Writing: … Continue reading Review: Writing – Learn to write better academic essays

Review: 50 Activities for the First Day of School

Review: 50 Activities for the First Day of School

There are lots of websites full of 'icebreakers' out there. A simple Google search, though, shows me that they often compile activities taken from everywhere, including corporate training and party games. Clearly, not all of these 'getting to know you' games will work in a classroom to engage learners or fulfill a teacher's aims for the first … Continue reading Review: 50 Activities for the First Day of School

Review: Oxford EAP (Upper-Intermediate/ B2)

Review: Oxford EAP (Upper-Intermediate/ B2)

With many thanks to my colleagues with whom I have had endless discussions about this textbook! This series of attractively-designed textbooks piqued our interest as soon as we heard about it! My review focuses on: de Chazal, E & McCarter,S ( 2012) Oxford EAP A Course in English for Academic Purposes. Upper Intermediate/B2. Oxford, Oxford University Press.  The … Continue reading Review: Oxford EAP (Upper-Intermediate/ B2)

Review (part 1) – Keynote

Review (part 1) – Keynote

I've recently been given two inspection copies of the "Keynote" series by National Geographic Learning / Cengage and am considering whether I should adopt it as a set text for my EAP classes. In case anyone else out there is thinking about using it, here are my first thoughts of a review! The series, like Cengage's other … Continue reading Review (part 1) – Keynote

Review: A handbook for teaching and learning in higher education

Fry, H., S. Ketteridge & S. Marshall (eds), A handbook for teaching and learning in higher education, 4th edition (Routledge, 2015). Though it is like a collection of essays each covering a different area or current debate in HE, this book neatly fits the ‘handbook’ genre, since it is easy to navigate and doesn’t need … Continue reading Review: A handbook for teaching and learning in higher education