Insights into task-based language teaching

Insights into task-based language teaching


Sima Khezrlou (2022)

The last few decades have seen an exponential growth in the use of task-based language teaching (TBLT) around the world. Departing from the traditional approaches to language teaching, TBLT offers the opportunity for natural language learning in instructional contexts through the use of authentic and meaning-oriented tasks. This book aims to offer a unique contribution to the expanding literature on TBLT by reflecting current progress in the domain as well as underlining future directions in research and theory. Essential reading for learners, teachers and researchers, the book provides comprehensive coverage on the key elements of TBLT. A fairly wide range of topics such as the rationale for using TBLT, task design, task implementation, and task evaluation is covered in this book. Thus, it is designed to enhance pre-service and practicing teachers' knowledge about TBLT and outline some new directions in which the field should move if it is to fulfil its purposes.

Series: Language Teaching Insights
ISBN (paper): TBA
Imprint: Castledown Publishers
Place of Publication: London
Number of Pages: TBA
Language: English
Primary Field: Languages & Linguistics
Publication Date: 31 August, 2022 (expected)

Insights into teaching and learning writing

Insights into teaching and learning writing
A practical guide for early-career teachers

Edited by Hassan Mohebbi (2022)

Writing is one of the most challenging skills for a language learner to acquire due its sheer complexity, and language teachers are faced with a demanding task in the teaching and testing of writing. A great deal of research on different aspects of writing has been carried out to date, however despite the abundance of publications in this field, few books aim to offer insights into teaching and learning writing for early career teachers that shed light on writing instruction in jargon-free discourse. This book aims to fill this perceived gap through presenting relevant conceptual and theoretical frameworks of second language writing research and shedding light on the implications of the recent research findings in a clear and practice-oriented style. In this way, it is intended as a companion book for language teachers who include writing as a part of their courses, in particular, new teachers as they embark on their teaching careers.

Series: Language Teaching Insights
ISBN (paper): TBA
Imprint: Castledown Publishers
Place of Publication: London
Number of Pages: TBA
Language: English
Primary Field: Languages & Linguistics
Publication Date: 31 July, 2022 (expected)

Insights into technology and autonomy in language teaching

Insights into technology and autonomy in language teaching


Chun Lai (2022)

This book aims to provide a critical analysis of the relationship of technology and learner and teacher autonomy, highlighting two major principles: 1) technology is not neutral and may both benefit and constrain autonomy; and 2) the relationship of technology and autonomy needs to be understood within a holistic view of various interplaying factors. The discussion will be informed by the literature on educational technology in general, with a specific focus on the field of CALL.

Series: Language Teaching Insights
ISBN (paper): TBA
Imprint: Castledown Publishers
Place of Publication: London
Number of Pages: TBA
Language: English
Primary Field: Languages & Linguistics
Publication Date: 31 January, 2022 (expected)

Megatrends in education

Megatrends in education


Beata L. Webb (2021)

The studies of trends in education are often undertaken by governments and national educational institutions with a global reach such as the Centre for Global Higher Education or British Council in the UK, or International Education Australia. Analysing megadata across all aspects of the world economies increasingly allows us to look into the future; into future education, future job markets and future economies. However, the less known is the work of scientists examining the crossroads of trends even on a larger scale, indicating megatrends in the world economy. These megatrends will affect the way the countries are governed, economies run and the way we live our lives: how we shop, how we study and how we work. This futuristic research, undertaken by the world think-tanks such as CSIRO in Australia, already demonstrates the megatrends which our lives will follow, with some of them already playing out. Research on these scientifically determined megatrends indicates that two of the seven most significant disruptions in the world economy involve internationalisation and digitalisation. These two megatrends are already playing out in the global education. It is not a matter of 'if' but a matter of 'when' and 'how' the educational institutions globally will have to consider these immediately. If institutions do not innovate today in order to address these megatrends, they will become extinct.

ISBN (paper): 978-1-954623-00-2
Imprint: Castledown Publishers
Place of Publication: New York
Number of Pages: TBA
Language: English
Primary Field: Education & Policy
Publication Date: 30 December, 2021 (expected)

Becoming a language teacher

Becoming a language teacher
A practical guide to second language learning and teaching
2nd ed.

Elaine K. Horwitz (2020)

Elaine K. Horwitz gives pre- and in-service teachers the skills they need to meet the needs of all language learners in today's diverse classrooms-while encouraging them to develop a personal approach to language teaching. Using a warm, supportive tone, the author clearly explains the fundamental concepts of second language acquisition and language teaching. A much-needed resource at a time when it is critical for all mainstream teachers to focus on language, this guide describes how to develop language for academic needs as well as for communication purpose and addresses the latest trends in language teaching.

Series: Language Teaching Insights
ISBN (paper): 978-0-6481844-1-6
DOI: 10.29140/9780648184416
Imprint: Castledown Publishers
Place of Publication: Melbourne
Number of Pages: 312
Language: English
Primary Field: Languages & Linguistics
Publication Date: 22 September, 2020 (available)

Extra Information:
This is a re-release of the 2013 Pearson imprint of the same title.

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