Review Digital language learning and teaching: Research, theory and practice (a review)
For many reasons, from purely economic to frankly reactionary, education struggles to keep up with technological developments. But with new recruits to the teaching profession growing up – for the first time – as digital natives, we can expect things to change. This book of 20 chapters presents a range of recent research as well as a number of articles offering an overview of the key developments in digital learning from a pedagogical perspective. Most people interested in the field, whether students, teachers, academics or software developers, will, I suspect, treat it like a box of chocolates and go for the chapters that particularly interest them rather than work their way through it. Yet, if we are interested in learning, there is an argument for sampling precisely those areas that we know less about or feel less drawn to. From that point of view, this collection is well judged in terms both of scope and of length of article and it successfully avoids becoming either too technical or too theoretical.
Paul Rogers. Has been teaching ESL for over 20 years. Author of the Pumarosa language learning programme for Spanish speakers. Research interests mainly cover foreign language teaching. A Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching in London.