The Book Of The Month - February 2017
Created: Friday, 10 February 2017 12:10
Focus on learning technologies
Nicky Hockly, Oxford University Press;
Focus on Learning Technologies is a timely addition to the innovative Oxford Key Concepts for the Language Classroom series, which aims to link research and practice. This 167-page book focuses on school-age learners and touches on many areas, including a history of technology in ELT, e-safety and educational policy. It masterfully condenses research from an impressive range of perspectives. ‘Classroom snapshots’ show different teaching approaches, including video-conferencing in Uruguay. This book addresses the critical question: do digital technologies support language learning? Hockly concludes ‘the jury is still out’, as the effectiveness (or lack of effectiveness) of a particular technology depends on a wide range of factors, such as how it used. Highly suitable for teacher development programs, this book is accessible, balanced and authoritative. Excellent.
Book Of The Month - January 2017
Created: Monday, 02 January 2017 13:36
Special Educational Needs
Marie Delaney, Oxford University Press;
Many language teachers have had little or no training in teaching students with special educational needs (SEN). This 104-page guide for primary and secondary school teachers is therefore most welcome. It has three parts. The first two provide a general understanding of SEN and teaching approaches such as differentiation. Part three explores seven types of SEN in detail: dyslexia, dyspraxia (coordination difficulties), ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), social difficulties, autism, speech difficulties and, finally, gifted students.
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