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 with technology

Insights into teaching and learning with technology


Nobue Tanaka-Ellis (2022)

The field of computer-assisted language learning (CALL) has been progressing rapidly from its conception along with the ever-evolving landscapes of language education and educational technology. This book aims to present and critically analyse a range of issues associated with the use of technology in language education in different contexts which have been growing in prominence in recent years. The topics encompass both key and emerging issues in the discipline, including theories and practice, learning environments and tools, and other pedagogical issues closely related but not limited to CALL. Together with the traditional teaching practice, more recent approaches such as CLIL and 21st Century skills are looked at. The book also examines how the social aspects of learning with technology may influence in shaping the discipline of language education with technology. The target audience is language teachers and researchers who wish to gain insights into technology in language education in a well-structured manner and pre- and in-service teachers who plan to incorporate technology into their classrooms.

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.

Preface
Hassan Mohebbi

1. Teaching and learning writing: State of the art
Hassan Mohebbi, Vincent Greenier & Akram Nayernia

2. Teachers’ cognition and practices and learners’ needs
James Hartshorn

3. Teachers’ pedagogical knowledge and assessment literacy
Deborah Crusan

4. ESP/EAP in writing
Helen Basturkmen

5. Medium of instruction and writing instruction
D. Philip Montgomery

6. Writing and technology
Zohreh R. Eslami

7. Testing issues in writing
Chengyuan Yu

8. Innovation in teaching and testing writing
Chunhong Liu

9. Complexity, accuracy, and fluency in writing
Lee McCallum

10. The nature and role of an interactive task-based approach to writing
Alessandro Benati

11. Drawing on academic reading in teaching academic writing
Mahmoud Altalouli & Mary Jane Curry

12. Written corrective feedback
Minh Thi Thuy Nguyen & Willy Renandya

13. Dynamic written corrective feedback
Kendon Kurzer

14. Teacher, peer, and self-feedback
Grant Eckstein

15. Individual differences and writing instruction
Rosa M. Manchón & Olena Vasylets

16. Learner autonomy and writing
Rachael Ruegg

17. Future directions in writing research
Ronald P. Leow & Rosa M. Manchón

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 flipped classrooms

Insights into flipped classrooms


Adrian Leis (2022)

This book is aimed at pedagogy students interested in the flipped learning method as well as language teachers who are considering or are already incorporating flipped learning in their classes. The book is broken down into three main parts. First, I will look at a description of flipped learning, with a clear definition of what flipped learning is and what it is not. Part 2 of the book focuses on flipped learning, specifically in language education, covering research and pedagogical implications related to the four language skills and various teaching methods, such as task-based language teaching and content-based language teaching. The final part of the book is aimed primarily at researchers, both those with experience and those who are just starting out. It includes a series of vignettes of studies that investigated the effects of flipped learning as well as suggestions on how these studies could be replicated and lead to further research.

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: 30 April, 2022 (expected)

Insights into professional development in language teaching

Insights into professional development in language teaching


Thomas S.C. Farrell (2022)

A language teacher's work is never really done. From entering a teacher education program for initial qualifications onwards, language teachers must always be on the lookout for new approaches, methods and insights into their teaching and development. This need for ongoing professional development is not a reflection of any inadequate initial teacher education or training deficits, but rather a reflection that the knowledge base of language teaching is constantly expanding, and the world changing (e.g., we are in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic that has pushed us all to quickly pivot to online platforms for teaching and development), and we must try to keep up with our own development. Insights into Professional Development in Language Teaching is about how we can continue with our professional development as language teachers and examines a variety of approaches (individual and collaborative) to professional development for language teachers. The book is intended as a practical introduction for language teachers, and guide for administrators and other stakeholders, who wish to implement a coherent and strategic approach to language teacher development.

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 March, 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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