Guidelines for reviews and resources

The editorial team at SiSAL Journal is interested in receiving:

(1) Reviews of materials (books, magazines, software, audio and video material, websites etc.) being used for self-access learning / self-study

(2) Reviews of texts (books, articles, websites, theses etc.) relevant to the research and practice of self-access learning (or skills support centres)

(3) Resources for self-access learning (books, websites etc.).

Details

(1) Reviews of materials (books, magazines, software, audio and video material, websites etc.) being used for self-access learning / self-study

The reviews could include the following:

  • access or publication details
  • a brief description of the main aims of the material
  • a brief description of the context where the material is being used and how the material is made available to learners
  • a brief description of the needs and wants of the learners using the material
  • some of the main strengths of the material
  • some challenges / weaknesses of the material
  • some suggestions for educators and learners wishing to use the material
  • some suggestions for how the material could being used / adapted / scaffolded in order to provide further meaningful learning (see Tomlinson, 2007; 2010)
  • appendices or examples
  • screenshots or other illustrations (with permission)

(2) Reviews of texts (books, articles, websites, theses etc.) relevant to the research and practice of self-access learning (or skills support centres)

These reviews could include the following:

  • publication details and access or ordering information
  • brief description of the scope of the text
  • comments on how the text was useful for informing research / practice of self-access learning or skills support
  • some of the main strengths of the text
  • details of any weaknesses or omissions in the text
  • recommendations: who might benefit from reading this text, and how can educators build on it?

(3) Resources for self-access learning (books, websites etc.).

These articles could include:

  • access or publication details
  • a brief description of the main aims of the material
  • a brief indication of the target learners
  • some suggestions for educators and learners wishing to use the material
  • some suggestions for how the material could being used / adapted / scaffolded in order to provide further meaningful learning (see Tomlinson, 2007; 2010)
  • appendices or examples
  • screenshots or other illustrations (with permission)

It would also be useful if authors could contact the publisher in order to gain permission to include a picture of the material alongside the article in SiSAL Journal.

Articles should be about 1000 words and do not require references.

Suggestions for materials or resources to review or other questions about reviews should be directed to the editor at Editor@sisaljournal.org

References

Tomlinson, B. (2007). Introduction: Some similarities and differences between L1 and L2 acquisition and development. In B. Tomlinson (Ed.), Language acquisition and development: Studies of learners of first and other languages (pp. 1-12). London: Continuum.

Tomlinson, B. (2010). Principles and procedures for self-access materials. Studies in Self-Access Learning Journal, 1(2), 72-86.

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