English Australia Journal : English Australia Journal 27.2
English Australia Journal Volume 27 No 2 84 are the names used to organise the framework, based on Freebody and Luke's Four Resources Model of literacy skills. For example, Speaking is divided into 'code user’, ‘text maker’, ‘text user’ and ‘text agent’. It is recommended that teachers read the introduction to help them understand the framework. The index, however, is very useful. Another possible challenge for newer EAP teachers using this book is its extensive use of metalanguage. Terms such as 'back-channelling', 'pre and post modification', and 'anaphoric and cataphoric references’ could prove daunting, even though they are explained well. In addition, the introduction claims that these activities can be used by relief teachers. While this could be true of some of the activities and of some relief teachers, some of the instructions and texts are rather dense, as noted earlier. A relief teacher may prefer an activity that does not require so much mental preparation. Overall, Communication Activities for EAP is an excellent collection of activities. Are they really fun? Well, perhaps as 'fun' as can be expected, given the serious focus; they are certainly motivating, student-centred and focused on the relevant skills for future tertiary education students. This book would be an inspirational addition to any staffroom with EAP teachers. Meredith MacAulay teaches EAP at the University of New South Wales Institute of Languages.
English Australia Journal 28.1
English Australia Journal 27.1