English Australia Journal : English Australia Journal 27.1
EA Journal Volume 27 No 1 79 opportunities. Another unit covers the area of language varieties in response to sociolinguistic perspectives. Associated terms such as 'style', 'register' and 'domain' are clarified. The constructive reflection task asks to what degree we take account of sociolinguistic issues concerning language varieties in our own day-to-day teaching. The remaining units present and investigate the areas of World Englishes, course design, and testing and evaluation. On the whole, Teacher Training Essentials is a valuable source of effective professional development sessions for anyone delivering ELT teacher training. The sessions should certainly promote learning and development, particularly among pre-service trainees and less-experienced teachers. If engaged effectively, they could also result in productive discussion, reflection and debate among all members of the teaching team – trainees, newer in-service teachers and experienced practitioners alike. An environment which fosters ongoing interaction, learning and development across the board is primed to produce a more pro-active and successful teaching team, and for this reason alone Teacher Training Essentials should appeal to any organisation. Ian Synnott has taught various teacher training, exam preparation, ESP and General English courses in Australia, Japan, Korea and Ireland. He is currently Head of Teacher Training Programs at Greenwich College, Sydney.
English Australia Journal 27.2