Reviews: Don´t worry about a thing
Created: Wednesday, 18 October 2017 12:19
Wayne Trotman reviews a book outlining the latest research into language anxiety, and its implications for the classroom
New Insights into Language Anxiety: Theory, Research and Educational Implications
Edited by Christina Gkonou, Mark Daubney and Jean-Marc Dewaele
Multilingual Matters 978-1-78309-770-8
Teachers who speak only English are probably unaware of the anxiety and turmoil going on in some of their second language learners’ minds.
The authors’ introduction explains how such language anxiety (LA) shapes the thoughts, feelings and actions of learners (and sometimes teachers) by, for example, diminishing willingness to communicate, sowing seeds of self-doubt, and lowering self-esteem.
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Book of the month - August/September 2017
Created: Tuesday, 05 September 2017 12:17
Videotelling YouTube Stories for the Classroom
What is ‘videotelling’? This approach reverses the traditional sequence of ‘video first, discussion later’. Instead, the teacher first communicates a video narrative through interactive storytelling. Questions, discussion and language analysis follow, and the full viewing of the video comes later. The author provides ideas that exploit 45 videos – all originally found on YouTube and easily accessible on the accompanying website. These videos cover a range of genres;
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