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Review: Puzzle practice

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Exploratory Practice (EP) began to emerge in the early 1990s, partly in response to the then more established forms of practitioner research such as Action Research (AR) and Reflective Practice (RP). For many involved in language teaching, these terms are perhaps still a mystery.

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Reviews in brief - April


Unlock, Reading and Writing Skills 4, Chris Sowton, CUP / Discovery Education™; 978-1-1076-1525-0

This is the new re-designed edition of a young adult and adult course designed to practise English in everyday situations. The twelve units cover grammar, vocabulary, the four language skills and pronunciation. The book’s strength lies in the extensive use of communication activities, with nearly twenty pages of information-exchange tasks.

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Critical reading


Anna Phillips finds wisdom in a book for novice teachers

How can we help novice Esol teachers ‘survive’ in the classroom? In other words, how can they teach effectively while at the same time developing their own teaching skills?

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Avoid Distractions And Make Progress

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Tam Connors-Sadek has been using the Cambridge English Empower course, and is pleased with the result.

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Book of the month - April 2017


ETpedia™ Materials Writing, 500 ideas for creating English language materials

Lindsay Clandfield and John Hughes, Pavilion Publishing and Media Ltd;
978-1- 0110-2862-8

Have you ever thought about becoming a materials writer? If so, this new resource book is a good place to start. The seven main sections contain a wealth of ideas, from useful information for first-time writers to ideas for self-editing and development aimed at experienced writers.

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Reviews in brief - March

WORK ON YOUR GRAMMAR, Intermediate B1, Collins;
ISBN: 978-0-0074-9962-5

Intermediate students often wish to improve their grammar. This 128-page practice book, part of a series, could certainly help. It aims to provide simple grammatical explanation; for example, the term ‘-ing form’ is used instead of ‘gerund’. Each of the thirty units explains an area of grammar typical of this level, such as conditional forms. The book contains over 200 exercises, typically gap-filling, matching and multiple choice activities; answers are provided.

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