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)

The birth and near demise of film

The birth and near demise of film
The vision of Alexander Bakshy

R. J. Cardullo (2021)

A Russian Jewish émigré who spent most of his life in Britain and America, Alexander Bakshy began writing on film in 1913 and, as the first movie critic for The Nation, was one of America’s first full-time professional film critics. He was known during his lifetime for his prescience as he stood up for the future of sound film in 1929, when most film writers were wringing their hands that the gimmick called sound was destroying cinema as they knew it. But Bakshy was absolutely sure that sound cinema would find its footing and move film into a new and better era. He was thus among the more progressive cultural critics of the years between the world wars, one who did his part in easing the movies toward acceptance as an art form. Bakshy was also an innovative theorist who applied to cinema the discourse of self-reflexive modernism. Dr. R. J. Cardullo skillfully brings together the essence of Alexander Bakshy's vision of film, with thoughtful commentary on such important films as Chaplin’s City Lights, Eisenstein’s Ten Days That Shook the World, Dreyer’s Passion of Joan of Arc, Clair’s Sous les toits de Paris, Pabst’s Kameradschaft, Kinugasa’s Slums of Tokyo, Lubitsch’s Trouble in Paradise, and Milestone’s All Quiet on the Western Front. The reader also gets Bakshy’s penetrating insight into such important movie directors as Alfred Hitchcock, Frank Capra, Jean Renoir, F. W. Murnau, George Cukor, Vsevolod Pudovkin, and Howard Hawks.

About the author: For twenty years, R. J. Cardullo was the regular film critic for the Hudson Review in New York. He is the author or editor of a number of books, including Teaching Sound Film (Brill, 2016), Soundings on Cinema (SUNY Press, 2008), and In Search of Cinema (McGill-Queens UP, 2004). Cardullo took his doctoral degree from Yale and taught for four decades at the University of Michigan, Colgate, and NYU, as well as abroad.

ISBN (paper): 978-1-954623-01-9
Imprint: CDG Books
Place of Publication: New York
Number of Pages: TBA
Language: English
Primary Field: Film & Television
Publication Date: 1 April, 2021 (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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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
Imprint: Castledown Publishers
Place of Publication: Melbourne
Number of Pages: 104
Language: English
Primary Field: TESOL
Publication Date: 15 August, 2018 (available)

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