English Australia Journal : English Australia Journal 27.2
English Australia Journal Volume 27 No 2 82 Communicative Activities for EAP Jenni Guse Cambridge University Press, 2011 Reviewed by Meredith MacAulay The back of this resource book poses this question: ‘Do you need to supplement an EAP course with fun, interactive activities that address the serious aspirations of academically focused students?’ Well, yes. And I’m sure many other EAP teachers feel the same. Although I have come across several excellent resources on EAP theory, there seems to be a lack of teacher resource books with practical activities that specifically target the unique set of skills required by EAP students. Communicative Activities for EAP may have filled this gap. This title, a new addition to the Cambridge Handbook for Language Teachers series, is indeed a comprehensive and ambitious resource book. Within its 318 pages, there are 124 activities, an informative introduction and an appendix which includes a list of recommended reading material for teachers, as well as a compilation of over 30 online resources useful for EAP students. The activities are aimed at intermediate level and above, and a difficulty level is also given in each activity. The book is divided into six chapters, addressing the four macro skills, plus sections on vocabulary development and grammar. Each activity includes an overview, step-by-step instructions and a suggested follow-up activity. Most activities include a model text and useful support material, which can be printed from the CD-ROM. Although some of the instructions are quite dense and time-consuming to read, it’s great that detailed answers or suggested responses to the tasks are included, as well as student models and scaffolding help. This information helps to clarify the instructions and possible outcomes of the activities and certainly saves the teacher time in terms of preparation.
English Australia Journal 28.1
English Australia Journal 27.1