Ben Warren Prize: Shortlist 2009

We are pleased to announce the shortlisted ELT publications for the Ben Warren Prize 2009 as follows (in alphabetical order of title):

The Cambridge Guide to Second Language Teacher EducationThe Cambridge Guide to Second Language Teacher Education

Anne Burns & Jack Richards (Eds)
Cambridge University Press

An overview of current issues, debates, and approaches in Second Language Teacher Education (SLTE) presented by internationally prominent researchers, educators, and emerging scholars. Chapters address such issues as distance education, non-native English-speaking educators, technology, assessment, standards, and the changing contexts of contemporary language teaching and teacher education.

The Psychology of Second Language AcquisitionThe Psychology of Second Language Acquisition


Zoltán Dörnyei
Oxford University Press

A systematic and accessible overview of the main psychological areas and theories in order to keep abreast of the ongoing paradigm shift. Readers will find succinct and up-to-date descriptions of a wide range of psycholinguistic and neuropsychological topics such as language and the brain; neuroimaging and other research methods in psycholinguistics and brain research; non-nativist approaches to language acquisition; explicit/implicit learning and memory, procedural/declarative knowledge, and the automatization of language skills; learner characteristics, age effects, and the critical period hypothesis; and the psychological basis of language learning in educational contexts.


CLIL stands for Content and Language Integrated Learning. It refers to teaching subjects such as science, history and geography to students through a foreign language. This can be by the English teacher using cross-curricular content or the subject teacher using English as the language of instruction. Both methods result in the simultaneous learning of content and English.

Onestopclil (now merged with Onestopenglish) is a teacher's resource site published by Macmillan English Campus, part of the Macmillan Education Group.

Understanding Second Language AcquisitionUnderstanding Second Language Acquisition

Lourdes Ortega
Hodder & Arnold

Understanding Second Language Acquisition offers a wide-encompassing survey of the field, its accumulated findings and proposed theories, its developed research paradigms, and its pending questions for the future.

The book zooms in and out of universal, individual, and social forces, in each case evaluating the research findings that have been generated across diverse naturalistic and formal contexts for second language acquisition. It assumes no background in SLA and provides helpful chapter-by-chapter summaries and suggestions for further reading.