Academic journal article Quarterly Review of Distance Education

Handbook of Research on E-Learning Methodologies for Language Acquisition

Academic journal article Quarterly Review of Distance Education

Handbook of Research on E-Learning Methodologies for Language Acquisition

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Handbook of Research on E-Learning Methodologies for Language Acquisition, by Rita de Cassia Veiga Marriott and Patricia Lupion Torres (Eds.)

As coordinator of a department with curricula development responsibilities, I appreciate the Handbook of Research on E-Learning Methodologies for Language Acquisition. Editors Rita de Cassia Veiga Marriott, University of Birmingham, UK, and Patricia Lupion Torres, Pontifica Universidade Catolica do Parana, Brazil, have compiled a practical "go-to" compendium of best practices across a vast spectrum of online teaching and learning contexts with practical applications to the areas of pedagogy, methodology and assessment.

Both practitioners in the field, the editors developed the volume from the investigations that followed their own work in distance education. The diversity of language teaching and learning in the areas of face-to-face and hybrid courses is represented by authors from six continents. Marriot and Torres state their goal: "to promote insights into current e-learning practices and methodologies for language teaching, learning and acquisition, and to foster the development of both theoretical and practical issues concerning learning, skills development, interaction, communication, collaboration, and evaluation of foreign second language education online." Though broad, I believe Marriott/Torres achieved their goal through the impressive range of contributors and topics.

The 33 chapters covering topics from "Understanding E-Skills in the FLT Context" to "Portable Handheld Language Learning: From CALL, MALL to PALL" are helpfully organized into three sections: I-Theories, Tools and Pedagogical Resources; II-Developing Skills and Competencies; III-Methodological Approaches and Future Tendencies. …

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