Reading Time: 5 minutesThis study proposes a New General Service List, compiled on the basis of four language corpora including a total of over 12 billion running words. ‘The New GSL is conceived of as a list of the most frequent English vocabulary [in British English] suitable for both receptive and productive use, primarily intended for beginner learners.’
Reading Time: 4 minutesThis article explores discrepancies between the topics included in ELT textbooks and the actual topics of conversation in English learners’ encounters with peers.
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.