Information Technology and Innovation in Language Education


Edited by Chris Davison

ISBN : 978-962-209-696-7


January 2005

308 pages, 6″ x 9″

  • HK$295.00

This book presents a critical analysis and investigation of current developments and debates in the use of information technology (IT) in English language teaching (ELT) internationally. The first section of the book provides an overview of the key issues in IT and innovation in English language education such as the complex nature of IT and its use in ELT, both in the present and future, and the often problematic nature of innovation in relation to IT and ELT. It focuses primarily on the level of programs and curricula, looking at the way organizations and educational systems in different countries respond to the so-called “IT imperative.” The second section adopts a more overtly social constructivist perspective to explore examples of innovative practice in IT use in ELT around the world. It tackles issues arising from classroom implementation and pedagogy, looking at the way learners and teachers can and do use IT in their everyday practice. The final section investigates the problems of building a community of professional practice in IT in English language education. It focuses on the level of professional development and teacher education and in doing so, demonstrates how the implementation of IT in schools and classrooms can be enhanced through taking into account key aspects of teachers’ existing contexts and professional practices.Throughout the book, the contributors adopt a constructive but critical perspective on the use of IT in English language education, often challenging its role in developing learner autonomy, its effectiveness in developing language learning and its capacity to enhance pedagogic practice in the language teaching classroom, at the same time suggesting effective models and guidelines for good practice.

The contributors to this book are: Bob Adamson, Quentin Allan, Phil Benson, Chris Corbel, Jim Cummins, Chris Davison, Michael K. Legutke, Kristina Love, Numa Markee, Denise E. Murray, David Nunan, and Lillian Wong.

Chris Davison is Associate Professor of English Language Education at the University of Hong Kong. She has worked for many years in TESOL teacher education and has published widely in the area of innovation and change in English language teaching. Her recent books include English as a Second Language in the Mainstream: Teaching, Learning and Identity and the two-volume International Handbook of English Language Teaching with Jim Cummins.

“This edited volume is an extremely valuable addition to the growing literature on information technologies in language education. It brings together the work of leading researchers who have been exploring the potential of ICTs in a range of contexts. Both practitioners and researchers will find this volume intellectually stimulating and practically relevant.” —Amy Tsui, Chair Professor of Curriculum Studies, Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong

“This commendable volume brings together significant writing in two areas of booming importance in contemporary education, English teaching and information technology. The book is well organized, comprehensive and very timely.” —Joseph Lo Bianco, Chair Professor of Language and Literacy Education, The University of Melbourne