Adams , Helga and Nicolson, Margaret
(2011). Learner diversity.
In: Nicolson, Margaret; Murphy , Linda and Southgate, Margaret eds.
Language Teaching in Blended Contexts.
Edinburgh: Dunedin Academic Press, pp. 29–42.
About the book:
Written for those teaching languages to adults in blended contexts in higher, further, and adult education, where a mix of delivery modes and tools may be in use, this edited volume offers a comprehensive overview of the key issues faced. The developmental issues that may arise for teachers themselves and for those responsible for their professional development are discussed. The contributors examine the impact of different learning environments (online, face-to-face, telephone) on pedagogic practice and language learner support and recognise the particular socio-cultural, psycho-linguistic and cognitive issues that have to be taken into account when working with diverse adult language learners in blended settings. Research underpins the chapters to better inform and develop good practice. The editors and contributors have all worked on the production and teaching presentations of Open University courses in French, German, Spanish, Welsh, Italian, Chinese and English. Many of them have also been responsible for the professional development of teaching teams working in varied blended models. The contributors draw on pioneering and innovative work carried out in the fifteen years since the inception of language courses at the Open University, where blended models have been modified and become more complex over the years. The ideas they present are well-formed and tested and have been approached reflectively. Language teachers, particularly those who teach adult learners at all levels, will find the book of immense value in enhancing their professional perspective, in assisting the development of their own teaching practice, and in enabling them to make useful links between research and practice.
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