Novice and experienced educators who have considered moving some or all of their language courses online will find this text an invaluable starting point and resource throughout the process. In non-technical prose with emphasis throughout on excellence in pedagogical practice, the text takes both the new and experienced language instructor through the nuts and bolts of online teaching practices and uses multiple examples of online instructional conversations to illustrate these practices. Teaching in asynchronous written, asynchronous aural, synchronous written, synchronous aural and combinations of these environments are discussed and exemplary practices provided for each. An excellent place to both begin and augment language teaching online.
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Carla Meskill is Professor in the Department of Educational Theory and Practice at the University at Albany, State University of New York. Her research and teaching explores new forms of technology use in language education as well as the influences of new technologies on developing language and literacy practices.
Natasha Anthony is Director of the International Language Laboratory and Assistant Professor of Russian at Hudson Valley Community College in New York. She also teaches graduate online courses in the Department of Educational Theory and Practice at the University at Albany, State University of New York. Her research focuses on Computer Assisted Language Learning and, more specifically, on the use of synchronous and asynchronous oral components in online language courses.Review:
When it comes to language learning, the question is no long whether online instruction is effective, but rather how to go about creating effective learning opportunities online. This question is answered with admirable clarity by Meskill and Anthony. Through exposition and example, they demonstrate those areas of language pedagogy that are more effectively dealt with through online than face-to-face instruction. The book is a valuable addition to the growing list of books on the subject, and will be valued by experienced as well as novice online language teachers.(David Nunan, Emeritus Professor of Applied Linguistics, University of Hong Kong)
(Dorothy Chun, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA.)
This is an ideal book for language educators who value a sociocultural view of second language learning and want to teach effectively online using cutting-edge, judiciously chosen technologies and Internet resources. Meskill and Anthony have crafted an impressive set of tools for both the novice and the experienced online instructor, with many authentic examples in a number of languages, masterfully combining modalities so as to appeal to the digital native learners of the 21st century.
(Zöe Handley, Department of Education, University of Oxford, UK - LINGUIST List 21.4908)
With numerous example activities, extracts from student-teacher interactions, and practical suggestions for the implementation of online teaching, 'Teaching Languages Online' (Meskill and Anthony, 2010) is a valuable addition to the language teachers' book-shelf.
(Jonathon Reinhardt, University of Arizona in The Canadian Modern Language Review, 2012, 68, 4, 451–457)
The book is a principled collection of techniques and activities that will inspire online teachers to try similar techniques in their own classrooms. In fact, the book’s real strength is as a guide, or even an introduction, to language teaching techniques whether online or not. Novice language teachers who are digital natives may find this book an ideal way to learn to teach, as it frames teaching in very familiar, online ways without assuming that the teacher has taught in a traditional classroom. Expert teachers who are digital immigrants will benefit as well, as they may already know when, how, and why to do things like ‘trap’ learners into using particular forms, but they might not easily realize that it can be done in different, more effective ways online.
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