Practical Resources for Adult ESL: A Selection Guide to Materials for Adult ESL and ESL/ESOL Literacy
Anna Silliman and Abigail Tom (2000)
Burlingame, CA: Alta Book Center Publishers
Pp. vi + 167
ISBN 1-882483-80-4 (paper)
US $13.95 (introductory price)
The purpose of this book, as stated by its authors, is to review what the authors consider to be the best materials for teaching ESL to adult students in order to help select those which best suit the needs of a particular adult ESL teaching situation. The book is intended for ESL teachers, tutors, trainers, and program administrators. Silliman and Tom have reviewed more than 260 titles.
The book is organised into 13 chapters:
At the end of the book, the authors provide a guide to whatever jargon they may have used in the book so as to make it accessible to anyone working with ESL students, no matter their training. [-1-]
The book clearly shows the authors' expertise as ESL teachers. It goes beyond the authors' stated purpose, as they give us not only an exhaustive, well organised, extended list of annotated resources, but also provide hints and suggestions as to how to implement those materials. The book will be most useful for teachers working in the United States, since this is the audience for which it was written. However, I strongly recommend the book to anyone who teaches adult students at any level.
The only weakness of the book I would suggest is the part related to multi-media resources, where good suggestions about resource books are included, but few materials are actually analysed.
A companion Web site (www.handsonenglish.com/rescomp/frame.html) contains new information about items in the book (such as updated Web site references), and descriptions of materials published since the book came out.
Anna Silliman and Abigail Tom have achieved their purpose and have produced a very valuable resource, not only for teachers of adult ESL learners in the United States, but also for any EFL teacher.
Carmen Pinilla Padilla
Centro de Formación, Innovación y Recursos Educativos de Godella, Spain
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