English Australia Journal : English Australia Journal 27.1
EA Journal Volume 27 No 1 98 (‘Hello, this me’, ‘Me, myself and I’, ‘My favourite... ’) but they do prompt sharing and are exploited by techniques ensuring interaction, as well as engagement with language and skills. I found the columns layout of this section very user-friendly, and each activity is well organised with a to-the-point title, a brief synopsis, the necessary tools bullet-pointed, easy-to-follow techniques scaffolding their use, plus follow-up, variations, comments and occasional extra notes. It’s wise that some thought is given to familiarising students with the necessary tools. Of course, quite a few can also be adapted for ‘normal’ use in the face-to-face classroom. All up, this is a good place for any teacher to start or to be re-inspired. The final section focuses on personal professional development online, such as discussion groups, blogging, e-portfolios and the very popular PLN (Personal Learning Network). This time the titles are brought to you by the letter ‘f ’ – ‘Forms’ (what it is), ‘what to do First’, ‘Further comments and advice’, and finally ‘Favourites’ (very useful websites with comments by the authors). There’s enough in Section C to get any neophyte going and drag any Luddite over the hurdles without injury, while those with more experience will also find plenty to explore. Any book called Teaching Online would attract attention at this moment. This one was nominated for several prizes including the 2010 Ben Warren International House Trust Prize, and the 2011 ELTons UK Award for Innovation. I would highly recommend it. Clare McGrath is a teacher trainer at the Australian TESOL Training Centre, Sydney and is currently involved in professional development for colleagues using IWBs.
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