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): 978-0-6481844-2-3
Publisher: Castledown Publishers
Place of Publication: London
Number of Pages: TBA
Language: English
Publication Date: 30 April, 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): 978-0-6481844-3-0
Publisher: Castledown Publishers
Place of Publication: New York
Number of Pages: TBA
Language: English
Publication Date: 30 December, 2021 (expected)

Global leadership at work

Global leadership at work
The global fitness approach

Helen Spencer-Oatey, Peter Franklin, Domna Lazidou (2021)

Workplaces are increasingly ‘going global,' with growing numbers of multicultural and multilingual employees and with widespread international liaison (for sales, joint projects and so on). Success in this context – for leaders as well as all staff – requires skill in bridging comfort zone boundaries. Such ‘global fitness’ does not develop by chance; it needs to be fostered by both the organisation and the individuals themselves. Using the easily remembered fitness metaphor, this book explains the characteristics of successful global leaders and how their skills and qualities can be developed. It uses the Global Fitness approach to do this – an academically robust framework that provides a clear and accessible route into the topic of leading effectively and appropriately when working with people who have different communication styles, patterns of working, relational expectations, and so on. Each chapter uses authentic examples to illustrate the boundaries, draws on state-of-the-art research to explain the key issues, and offers reflective guidelines and activities for professional development purposes. The book is essential reading for all those who are leading, managing or working in culturally diverse and/or international situations. For all those wanting to thrive in today’s world of multiple diversities, it provides the keys to building personal and professional success.

ISBN (paper): 978-0-6481844-3-0
Publisher: Castledown Publishers
Place of Publication: New York
Number of Pages: TBA
Language: English
Publication Date: 20 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
Publisher: Castledown Publishers
Place of Publication: Melbourne
Number of Pages: 312
Language: English
Publication Date: 22 September, 2020 (available)

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

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Professional academic writing

Professional academic writing


Phuong Tran (2018)

Professional Academic Writing is designed to provide learners of English with the tools they need to write an academic essay comfortably and confidently. The book is in six parts: Preparing to write an essay, choosing sources, structuring an essay, understanding citations, writing references, and effective conclusions.

Series: Castledown ELT
ISBN (paper): 978-0-6481844-0-9
DOI: 10.29140/9780648184409
Publisher: Castledown Publishers
Place of Publication: Melbourne
Number of Pages: 104
Language: English
Publication Date: 15 August, 2018 (available)

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