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This 1979 issue of ELT Documents focuses on uses of radio and television in language learning.

In this 1980 book, contributors involved in a seven year old University of Malaya English for Special Purposes project (UMESPP) describe various aspects of the project, which was devoted particularly to the development of academic reading abilities.

This 1981 volume, a collection of papers from a colloquium organised in Paris two years earlier, provides various practical insights into the development of listening skills.

This publication contains papers discussed at a British Association of Applied Linguistics (BAAL) seminar at the University of Edinburgh in September 1977.

Edited for the ELT Documents series by Christopher Brumfit and published in 1986, this book complements an earlier volume on General English Syllabus Design, looking at the implementation of communicative syllabuses.

This 1978 publication is a report of a small-scale research project into language learning by adult learners. This was a relatively early attempt to ask learners about the ‘strategies and techniques’ that they use to learn a language, and the author, GD Pickett, who was at the time Deputy Director of the British Council’s English Teaching Information Centre, states that his intention was for the project to be ‘a starting off point’ which could encourage further research in this area.

This 1980 title looks at collaborative teaching where a subject and an English language specialist plan and deliver lessons jointly. Contributions in the book come from two universities; a further education college; an adult literacy unit; a national technical institute; a United Nations institute; and the British Council.

This 1983 book is intended to promote discussion and experimentation in what had become a neglected field – that of English literature study abroad in the context of language teaching.

In this 1980 collection in the ELT Documents series, authors engaged in different projects share their experiences of producing, adapting and using English for specific purposes (ESP) materials. This was a time of rapid expansion in the field, with a corresponding multiplication of teaching challenges and attempts to find solutions.

This 1978 title offers a snapshot of English teaching practices for overseas students in the UK in the late 1970s. The book is a collection of edited papers from the national seminar, Pre-sessional English courses for Overseas Students in Higher Education held at the University of Manchester in April 1977.

This book is based on papers and discussions at a Lancaster University symposium in October 1980 where seven applied linguists met to discuss problems in language testing. In the Introduction, the book’s editor Charles Alderson refers to the discomfort felt by many language teaching practitioners faced with the subject of ‘testing’, given the predominance of statistical analysis in the field.

This collection of papers emerging from the 1983 TESOL Convention in Toronto examines the role of general syllabuses in state education, at that time a relatively neglected area in comparison with ESP syllabuses. Authors of papers were invited to address three key aspects: the relationship between syllabus and learner; the design of syllabuses; and how a syllabus should be evaluated.

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This is, of course, as much a key topic in the UK as it was in 1985 when this book was originally published.

This concise volume from 1978 is pre-‘World Englishes’ and before the acceptance of Kachru’s model of the inner, outer and expanding circles of English language use.

This seminal 1975 publication offers contrasting viewpoints on the then-emerging field of English for academic purposes, with a specific focus on science and technology.

This 1978 publication focuses on English for academic purposes (EAP) also referred to at the time as English for educational purposes, and comprises seven chapters. Hawkey’s Introduction notes ‘the significant agreement in all the papers on the importance of designing courses to train specific and relevant study as well as purely communication skills’.

This report, which includes papers by John Munby, Henry Widdowson and Tom Jupp, was compiled following an international ESP seminar organised in Bogotá, Colombia, in April 1977. The Editorial notes that, while ESP was seen as relatively new, it was also known to be an ‘extension and development of insights’, rather than a radically different methodology, and also involved a variety of approaches, not a ‘harmonised body of doctrine’.

This book contains papers from an International Conference on ‘Progress in English Studies’ held in London between 17 and 21 September 1984, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the British Council and its contribution to the field of English Studies over 50 years.

The first issue of English Language Teaching, subtitled 'A Periodical Devoted to the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language', was published in October 1946. Originally issued by the British Council and now published by Oxford University Press, the journal has continuously served as a focal point for the profession.

Published in 1990, the overall theme of this in-house British Council publication is quality assurance of language provision, a topic which was at that time gaining increasing prominence in ELT.

This 1961 publication consists of papers from a high-level conference on University Training and Research in the Teaching of English as a Second/Foreign Language organised by the British Council in London, 15–17 December 1960. The conference brought together heads of departments of English and experts in linguistics and phonetics, with experts in education being relatively under-represented.

This book, from 1986, provides a snapshot of developments in ESP teaching at university level during the 1970s and early 1980s.

The papers in this 1988 volume emerged from the International Conference on English for Specific Purposes, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 1–5 April 1985. An overall conference theme was how to create links between English teaching and the world of work.

Published in 1981, this slim volume is concerned with helping teachers to develop the commitment to and capacity for professional development.

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