Book or Materials Reviews


Book or Materials Reviews are short reviews of recently published (in last three years) books or materials (including textbooks, software, and audio materials).


Word Range: 800-1000 words

Sections Needed:

  • Brief, (50 words or so) interest-grabbing opening paragraph with an opinion or salient feature about the book/materials.
  • Brief description/summary of the material(s), including its intended audience
  • A description of the students with whom you used the materials (if relevant)
  • The strengths of the materials
  • The weaknesses of the materials and how those might be remedied
  • Comparisons to other texts (if relevant)
  • References to research to help explain the author’s approach or purpose or to support your analysis of the text (only a few, though)

Additional Formatting Guidelines for Submission Information for Book/Material Reviews:

  • Format as required for all MITESOL Journal submissions; however, instead of an abstract, include the following information on the cover page:
    • Complete title of the book/material reviewed (with edition number)
    • Complete names of all authors of the materials reviewed
    • Publisher, publisher's city and state, date of publication.


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