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Reviews: Motivate to accumulate


Wayne Trotman explores a book looking at how to spur on students and, most importantly, teachers

Motivational Teaching
By Nick Thorner
Oxford University Press

Motivation levels are generally high at the start of the academic year. Even lazing on the beach has become a drag for both learners and teachers, and everyone seems keen to get down to some serious effort in the classroom.

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Reviews - October 2017


The book of the month

Learning Technology
Gordon Lewis
Oxford University Press

Aimed at primary and secondary school teachers, this highly practical 104-page guide provides a clear, accessible overview of the field and avoids the use of technical language. It includes over 70 classroom ideas. Now that educational technology has come of age, it is interesting to note that many tools included here have been around for some time: email, instant messaging, blogs, wikis, podcasts and social networking.

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Reviews: Helping talent to shine through


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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Reviews: Don´t worry about a thing

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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


Videotelling YouTube Stories for the Classroom
Jamie Keddie
Lessonstream books

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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