Recently Received - January, 2020

Julie Kimura & Ryan Barnes

A list of texts and resource materials for language teachers available for book reviews in TLT and JALT Journal. Publishers are invited to submit complete sets of materials to Julie Kimura at the Publishers’ Review Copies Liaison address listed on the Staff page on the inside cover of TLT.

Books for Students (reviews published in TLT)

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  • * CBS Newsbreak 4 — Kumai, N., & Timson, S. Tokyo: Seibido, 2019. [The newest version in the series was designed for intermediate language learners to help them acquire the skills they need to comprehend, analyze, and discuss current news and cultural issues.]
  • * Go Global: English for Global Business — Pearson, G., Skerritt, G., & Yoshizuka, H. Tokyo: Seibido, 2019. [This coursebook is based on common business scenarios. Students listen to conversations and then practice speaking and reading. Students will learn the differences between formal, semi-formal, and casual styles of writing and practice selecting the appropriate form based on the recipient.]
  • * Life (2nd ed.) — Stephenson, H., Hughes, J., & Dummett, P. Boston, MA: National Geographic Learning. [This new edition includes new and updated features including updated content, including video, an extended critical thinking syllabus, and new “Memory Booster” activities, which improve students’ abilities to retain what they have learned.]
  • * Prism Reading — Adams, K., Baker, L., Kennedy, A. S., Lewis, M., O’Neill, R., Ostrowska, S., Sowton, C., Westbrook, C., & Williams, J. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2018. [Captivating reading, videos, academic reading and critical thinking skills help students to become well-rounded thinkers and build confidence to succeed both in and outside of the classroom. There are five levels that correspond to CEFR A1 to C1.]
  • * Unlock (2nd ed.) — Adams, K., Baker, L., Brinks Lockwood., R., Dimond-Bayir, S., Jordan, N., Kennedy, A. S., Lansford, L., Lewis, M., O’Neill, R., Ostrowska, S., Peterson, S., Russell, K., Sowton, C., Westbook, C., White, N. M., & Williams, J. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2019. [This academic-light English course builds the skills students need for their studies. Students learn to think critically in an academic context right from the start of their language learning. There are five levels which correspond to CEFR Pre-A1 to C1.]
  • Wide Angle — Carlson, J., Jordan, N., Craven, M., Pathare, G., Donnalley, Sherman, K., Scanlon, J., Watkins, F., Adams, K., Vargo, M., Santamaria, J., Sadownick, J., Koyadinovich, L., Gordon, D., Santamaria, J., & Blundell, R. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press, 2019. [6-level American English coursebooks that empower adult learners to join any conversation and say the right thing at the right time. Includes online practice.]
  • ! Winning Formula for the TOEIC® L & R Test (Revised Ed.). — Akaida, T., & Bruce, J. M. Tokyo: Cengage Learning, 2018. [Revisions reflect updates to the new question format used in the TOEIC® Listening and Reading test. Students will learn test-taking strategies and tactics in each unit.]

Books for Teachers (reviews published in JALT Journal)

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  • Rethinking TESOL in Diverse Global Settings: The Language and the Leacher in a Lime of Change — Marr, T., & English, F. New York, NY: Bloomsbury Academic, 2019.
  • * Language, Culture, and the Embodied Mind: A Developmental Model of Linguaculture Learning— Shaules, J. Singapore: Springer, 2019.
  • * Perspectives on Language as Action — Haneda, M., & Nassaji, H. (Eds.). Bristol, England: Multilingual Matters, 2019.
  • * Researching L2 task Performance and Pedagogy: In Honour of Peter Skehan — Wen, Z., & Ahmadian, M.J. (Eds.). Amsterdam, The Netherlands: John Benjamins, 2019.