I’m delighted to announce that teflresearch.com has been shortlisted for the Macmillan Education Award for Innovative Writing in the British Council ELTons 2013. The proposed book considers adult second language research in light of its implications for the classroom:
Ever wondered how three year olds who spend most of the day with their fingers up their noses come to be little linguistic Einsteins, yet CEOs who turnover millions of euros in minutes recoil in horror at the present perfect continuous? A dynamic and ever-growing domain, the field of adult second language research harbours a wealth of knowledge with no real means of reaching the people who can put it to the best use – teachers. The Linguistic Genius of Babies: What Does it Mean for Grown Ups? provides a light-hearted introduction to the key issues surrounding second language acquisition, encouraging critical thinking and offering ideas for classroom activities. Because teachers don’t have time to run home, pop the kettle on and settle down with a copy of applied psycholinguistics – they’re too busy coaxing businessmen out from underneath the desk.
The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony in London on the 22nd of May. Thank you all for your support so far, and I’ll keep you posted about the results!