Book Reviews

The Christmas Name Game

What’s your name?  What does it mean? This is a great way to begin a class activity that leads into talking about Christmas and the names of Jesus at Christmastime. Everyone has a name.  Some people may know the meanings of their names.  Some cultures choose names specifically for their meanings.  Your discussion on names… Read more »

Crossing Cultures with Jesus

I wish I’d read this book years ago. I certainly wish I’d read it before I repeatedly offered food to my friend, Ibrahim, who kept politely refusing! If only I’d read a book which pointed out how gaining ‘awareness of a few basic cultural differences that impact relationships (can) help us build trust more effectively’… Read more »

Lessons with Laughter

Marina, could you tell us about this book and why it was written? This book was created to introduce British humour to English lessons. The author, George Woolard, is an experienced ELT teacher who teaches a range of English courses at Stevenson College, Edinburgh.   The book is a bank of 92 photocopiable lessons which… Read more »

Professional Guidelines for Christian English Teachers

How to be a teacher with convictions while respecting those of your students As evangelical Christian English teachers, we all desire to be able to share our faith with our students. We know that ESL ministry is an incredible platform for outreach and evangelism and we want to take advantage of these opportunities to reach… Read more »

The Prodigal Prophet

The story of Jonah is perhaps among the most familiar in the whole Bible.   Jonah, a zealous, religious Israelite, who loves his people and his country, receives a calling from God to go and preach a message of repentance to a nation living in sin- to Israel’s very enemies.   We all know the… Read more »

Quench: Café Culture and Evangelism

This book is about finding ways of communicating truth to people in ways that they can relate to. The author states: ‘we don’t need to make the Bible relevant. It already is relevant. All we want to do is communicate the message of the Bible to people in their context’. If you’re considering ways that… Read more »

So to Speak

So you teach English to migrants? Firstly, your skills are invaluable and in great demand! Only this year, the government released a report which looked at the impact of community-based English language provision, and concluded that what you’re doing ‘increases English language ability and encourages wider social integration’. As teachers, we are already aware of… Read more »

Uncover John – English for All edition

This week we spoke to Jo Ratcliff, who has been involved in developing Uncover John Seeker Bible Studies – English for All Edition. Her contribution was to help simplify the original Uncover John studies so that they can more easily be used with internationals. And Jo herself knows only too well the struggle to find… Read more »