Volume 3, Number 4 — January 1999

A Word from the Editors…


Neural Plasticity and the Issue of Mimicry Tasks in L2 Pronunciation Studies; Yvonne F. Stapp (24 Pgs)

A Study of the Effect of Direct Test Preparation on the TOEIC Scores of Japanese University Students; Thomas Robb and Jay Ercanbrack (30 Pgs)


Materials Writing in the New Millennium; Maggie Sokolik, Compiler

On the Internet

1998: The Year in Review; Jim Duber

Media Articles & Reviews

The New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary; Reviewed by Belinda Yanda

Conference Watcher

Listings as of January 1999;
Current version direct from Roy Cochrun’s web site


Review Essays

Jones, Leo (1996), Let’s Talk; Reviewed by Sumru Akcan

Menasche, Lionel (1997), Writing a Research Paper; Reviewed by Anthony Green

Steer, Jocelyn M. and Karen A. Carlisi (1998), The Advanced Grammar Book (2nd ed.);
Steer, Jocelyn M. and Dawn Schmid (1998), The Advanced Grammar Book Workbook (2nd ed.);
Gordon, Deborah (1998), The Advanced Grammar Book Instructor’s Manual (2nd ed.); Reviewed by Sorel Friedman

Widdows, Steven and Peter Voller (1996), Open Minds: Exploring Global Issues through Reading and Discussion; Reviewed by Cethlyn MacKay

Teacher Resource Books

Boswood, Tim (1997), New Ways of Using Computers in Language Teaching; Reviewed by Dieter Kranz

Brisk, María Estela (1998), Bilingual Education: From Compensatory to Quality Schooling; Reviewed by Robert Retherford

Celce-Murcia, Marianne and Diane Larsen-Freeman (1999), The Grammar Book: An ESL-EFL Teacher’s Course (2nd ed.); Reviewed by Robert Retherford

Christian, Scott (1997), Exchanging Lives: Middle School Writers On-line; Reviewed by James Audette

Zamel, Vivian and Ruth Spack (Eds.) (1998), Negotiating Academic Literacies: Teaching and Learning Across Languages and Cultures; Reviewed by Melissa Reeve and Margi L. Wald

Second Language Acquisition

Cohen, Andrew D. (1998), Strategies in Learning and Using a Second Language; Reviewed by Tim Caudery

Flynn, Suzanne, Gita Martohardjono, and Wayne O’Neil (1998), The Generative Study of Second Language Acquisition; Reviewed by Nat Bartels


Campbell, Stuart (1998), Translation into the Second Language; Reviewed by Sylvia Bruti

Pauwels, Anne (1998), Women Changing Language; Reviewed by Nicole Décuré