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The following EAP-related books have been reviewed by BALEAP members. Please note that the opinions expressed in these reviews are not necessarily those held by the organisation.

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Reviewed by Christina Healey

Joan Turner (2018) On Writtenness: The Cultural Politics of Academic Writing Bloomsbury Academic, London, 287pp ISBN 9781472505071   Joan Turner enjoys a high reputation in EAP circles so I was excited to hear about her latest book and volunteered to review it. The title indicates its topic ‘academic writing’ which all BALAP readers are interested in and […]

Published: 19 January 2019

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Reviewed by Lisa McGrath and Richard Miles

Katsampoxaki-Hodgetts, K. & Hatzitheodoridou, E. (2019). Academic English for Mathematics. Disigma Publications. As EAP practitioners, mathematics is perhaps one of the more daunting discourses we encounter. The publication of Academic English for Mathematics is therefore a welcome resource. The book is divided into 12 chapters, each covering relevant topics for a university mathematics curriculum, as […]

Published: 8 January 2019

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Reviewed by Adina Pirtea

Sowton, C. (2016) Contemporary Academic Writing. A comprehensive course for students in Higher Education.  Chris Sowton’s name is likely to be familiar to many EAP practitioners given his extensive material writing on the various academic skills and particularly on writing and grammar course books. It may be that the main focus of his new course […]

Published: 2 October 2018

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Reviewed by Jane Sjoberg

Getting published can be a daunting prospect. This slim volume aims to provide a practical guide for those yet to begin their publishing journey, especially when completing a PhD. However, unlike many other ‘how to’ guides available, this book is more than a series of ‘do’s and don’ts’ for the less confident, and much of […]

Published: 4 July 2018

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Reviewed by Olwyn Alexander

Engagement is a relatively rare term in the EAP literature, occurring mainly in the collocation ‘stance and engagement’ where it refers to an author’s interaction with a reader. However, engagement has become an all-pervasive buzzword in the discourse of Higher Education, co-opted by policymakers as a key driver of quality. Much of the research literature […]

Published: 8 June 2018

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Reviewed by Christine Healey

Is there a way out of the silo? At the 2017 BALEAP Conference there was much discussion on the need to get out of the ‘EAP silo’. Wingate’s recent book could be a useful escape manual.  The book needs to be read in the context of the recruitment and retention problems which can sometimes beset […]

Published: 4 December 2017

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Reviewed by Lyndon Taylor (Sheffield Institute of Education, Sheffield Hallam University)

How does Dr. Anthony Manning’s new book differ from other contributions to the field of language testing? The book does not deal with the minutiae of test item writing and analysis or to theories relating to the assessment of a particular language skill. Rather, it takes a broad view of issues worthy of serious attention […]

Published: 27 June 2017

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Reviewed by Claire Philip

  If, like me, you are someone who thinks TED talks are a great teaching resource, but sometimes lack the time or inspiration to create supporting materials, then this is the course book for you!   For those of you who haven’t yet discovered the world of TED talks, more information can be found at www.TED.com. […]

Published: 5 June 2017

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Reviewed by Peter Gee

The book is divided into 45 two page units and these units are thematically organised into six sections. Sections 2-6 are supported by two page review units. Each unit is further subdivided into page length sections that each introduce related elements for example Unit 21 Statistics examines Describing proportions and Talking about averages. The authors […]

Published: 23 May 2017

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Reviewed by Stephen Peters, University of Bristol

Why do we reach out for a reference work on research methodology? Brian Paltridge and Aek Phakiti suggest a number of reasons including using the compendium as scaffolding for research students starting out on a topic or approach; additionally, the University of Sydney based lead contributors also stretch this to ‘experienced researchers’ (perhaps, supervisors) wanting […]

Published: 10 April 2016

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