Book Review Information

ALS House Book Review Guidelines

 

A full book review for the J-ALL should be between 500-600 words. The review is a critical evaluation of a book or an article, that is, it is a commentary and evaluation of the author’s purpose in writing.

 

A successful review will contain all or most of the following:

 

For works on applied linguistics and teaching methodology

  • A clear summary of the content of the book and the intended readership.

  • A brief overview of the author’s background, including their motivation for writing.

  • Identification of the main theoretical trends, questions and arguments raised in the work.  

  • An analysis of the methodological approach taken in the work.

  • A comparison of the work with others in the field.

  • The reviewer’s opinion and evaluation of the publication, including identification of where the work is exemplary or deficient in the knowledge or judgments it puts forward.

  • An explanation of how the publication contributes to the area of research as well as to developments in the field.

  • Clarity in presentation, organisation and writing style.

  • For edited books: dominance of themes throughout the specific chapters. 

 

 

For materials intended for students (e.g., coursebooks, digital materials)

  • A clear summary of the contents of the materials and their intended readership.

  • A brief overview of the author’s background, including their motivation for writing.

  • An analysis of the methodological approach taken in the materials.

  • An analysis of the clarity of explanations provided to students.

  • An overview and evaluation of the activities provided - their appropriacy, originality and appeal.

  • A comparison of the materials with others at the same level and/or for the same target group.

  • An assessment of the ultimate value and potential use of the materials.

 

What should I include in the review?

First and last name(s) of the author or editor(s)

Year and place of publication

Publisher  

Number of pages

Price

ISBN

 

At the end of the review?

Reviewer’s first and last name

Reviewer’s affiliation and email address

 

What style guidelines should I follow?

Please follow the ALSH style guidelines at http://www.apastyle.org/manual/

 

How should I submit the review?

Please send the review as a Word document as an email attachment to               info@als-edu.com

The J-ALL reserves the right to edit for style, conciseness and consistency.

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