Editor’s notes: The following announcement is shared with TIRF supporters by Cambridge University Press and has been adapted for the purposes of communications from TIRF.

Language Teaching has announced the award of an essay prize which honors one of the Founding Editors of the journal. To compete for the prize (discussed below), individuals are required to write an essay which presents an argument of relevance to second/foreign language learning or acquisition.

The Essay

An essay is not a research report, with its standard format of literature review, methodology, results, and conclusion. What is required is something different. Like all academic work, it should be rational and scholarly. The chosen topic should ideally be handled with aplomb, seeking to engage and entertain readers as well as inform them, and stimulate ideas. The essay might also reflect on, challenge, or question any number of ideas and assumptions. It may therefore be speculative, provocative, personal, or controversial. Above all, it should be interesting.

The Prize

The winner(s) will receive (or share in the case of co-authors) a £500 credit to be used to purchase books available in the current Cambridge University Press catalogue. The winning essay – revised where appropriate in line with referees’ comments – will be prioritized for publication in the first available issue of the journal. 

The winner will be nominated for a one-year period as a member of the Language Teaching Editorial Board and designated in all outlets of the journal as the “Christopher Brumfit Award Winner.” An official certificate will be issued to the winner(s) by the journal and Cambridge University Press.

For more information, including procedures related to entry submission, click here. Submissions are due November 30, 2024.