New year

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A new year begins,
Cocooned, cosy, comfortable –
suspended rebirth

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Review of Meaning-Focused Materials for Language Learning

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This review appeared originally in the LINGUIST List at http://linguistlist.org/issues/15/15-839.html.

 

SUMMARY

Meaning-Focused Materials for Language Learning, edited by Marina Bouckaert, Monique Konings and Marjon van Winkelhof, is a collection of contributions arising from the 2017 conference of materials-development association MATSDA. The book is divided into four parts, considering materials creation, teaching interventions involving meaning-focused materials, the use of digital materials and multimedia, and critical perspectives on language learning materials and testing systems. Continue reading

Review of English-Medium Instruction in Japanese Higher Education

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This review appeared originally in the LINGUIST List at https://linguistlist.org/pubs/reviews/get-review.cfm?SubID=36413037

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English-Medium Instruction in Japanese Higher Education, edited by Annette Bradford and Howard Brown, considers the policy context, curriculum and classroom implementation, challenges and potential impacts of the current government-sponsored drive to offer more English-taught programs in Japanese higher education. According to the Japanese Ministry of Education, or MEXT, over a third of Japanese universities now offer courses taught in English (MEXT, 2015). English-Medium Instruction programs are defined in this volume as “courses and programs delivered through English with no consideration to establishing language learning goals” (xviii), thus distinguishing the focus from approaches that aim to incorporate content and language, foremost among them CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) and CBI (Content-based Instruction). Continue reading