Reading Time: 4 minutesThis article argues that the lesson plan templates most commonly promoted on teacher training programmes are inappropriately premised on an outcomes-based approach to teaching, and instead proposes an affordance-based approach to planning, giving practical suggestions for modifying the template and its role in lesson observations.
Reading Time: 3 minutesIn this article, Swan & Walter criticise top-down approaches to teaching general reading and listening comprehension and highlight what it might be more effective to focus on instead.
Reading Time: 5 minutesTo help EAP students manage the challenges of academic listening, training programmes have been developed; this study investigates the efficacy of a metacognitive strategy training programme on students’ comprehension of academic lectures.
Reading Time: 5 minutesThis article describes different ways of training reading skills in EAP, but argues that delicate scaffolding is most effective at developing students’ higher-order thinking skills and nurturing their critical dispositions as budding academics.
Reading Time: 4 minutesThis study confirms common claims about the benefits of shadowing for improving English learners’ listening skills, namely that shadowing enhances learners’ phoneme perception, thus improving listening comprehension skills, and that shadowing is most effective with lower-proficiency learners.
Reading Time: 5 minutesThis study examines the rhetorical moves frequently found in different phases of EAP lessons and the particular language features common in each phase. The insight from this study may enable teachers to create more accessible and easily navigable lessons.
Reading Time: 3 minutesThis article presents the concept of “teacher immunity”, which can help protect teachers against stress and burnout. It explains counterproductive strategies for handling stress and how these can be reversed.