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Reviews: Helping talent to shine through

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Wayne Trotman reads a book about how to help dyslexic learners overcome their challenges

Supporting Learners with Dyslexia in the ELT Classroom
Michael Daloiso, Oxford Handbooks for
Language Teachers 978-0-19-440332-0

Let me begin with a question: what did Albert Einstein and John Lennon have in common? Answer: they both had dyslexia and, in both cases, although their schools failed to support them, their talent and brilliance still shone through. As this book makes clear early on, for most other dyslexics, this is not the case.

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Reach digital nirvana

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Wayne Trotman reads a book that blends critical thinking with online nous

Thinking Critically Through Digital Media
Nik Peachey. Edited By Maria Fuller
PEACHEYPUBLICATIONS.COM

This book describes itself as ‘a manual for teachers wanting to build their students’ digital literacy skills and critical thinking in an interactive, student-centred manner’. This sounds like just the thing for language learners and teachers hoping to negotiate our current century.

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Book of the month - August/September 2017

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Videotelling YouTube Stories for the Classroom
Jamie Keddie
Lessonstream books
978-0-9955-0780-7

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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Itchy Feet - July

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Reviews in brief - June 2017

Solutions 2nd Edition Pre-Intermediate,
Tim Falla, Paul A Davies OUP; 9780194552875

This is the second edition of a five-level English course for teenagers. The ten units cover the grammar, vocabulary and language skills typical at A2/B1 level. Additional strands focus on culture and ‘everyday English’. The variety of topics covered is impressive and ranges from cyber-crime to body language.

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