Digital Language Learning and Teaching: Research, Theory, and Practice

TIRF (The International Research Foundation for English Language Education) will soon be releasing another volume in a co-published series with Routledge. The book is called Digital Language Learning and Teaching: Research, Theory, and Practice and is due to be published to coincide with the TESOL Convention in Seattle in March.

The volume starts off with an introduction to Digital Learning by Michael Carrier. Part I looks at the Research Perspective and includes a chapter entitled Technology as a Teaching and Learning Tool in the Flipped Classroom

Part II: looks at The Pedagogical Perspective and includes the chapter Synchronous Online Teaching by Nik Peachey

My own chapter is entitled Blended Learning Design and Practice

Chapter 16 is: Remote Teaching: A Case Study in Teaching English to Primary School Children in Uruguay via Videoconferencing by Graham Stanley

I personally cannot wait to read Chapter 19: Imagining the Potential for Using Virtual Reality Technologies in Language Learning by Anna Lloyd, Sarah Rogerson, and Geoff Stead.

The volume concludes with Digital Learning in 2020 by Nicky Hockly and Gavin Dudeney.

For more information, see:

ICT in EAP – new website

ict-in-eapI’m really excited about launching a new blog. It’s called ICT in EAP and focuses on uses of new technology specific to English for Academic Purposes.

Why a new blog?

I felt strongly that ICT has permeated so many aspects of English for Academic Purposes that I wanted to see what it would be like gathering all the technologies in a central place.

I was inspired by Philip Kerr’s blog on Adaptive Learning. It was started initially to support a series of talks on this topic, as an interactive Handout. Now I’m off to Venezuela to give a series of talks in Universities in Venezuela on ICT in EAP. So, this blog is the interactive Handout to accompany this series talks…. and beyond.


I went to most of the tech sessions at the recent BALEAP conference in Leicester to gather input. Slowly and surely, I’m adding to the blog posts and trying to amass a load of useful sources.

Here are some of the current areas it covers: Apps / Concordancers / e-Books / Feedback / Google Docs / MOOCs / Note-taking software / Plagiarism-detecting software / Presentation tools / Referencing software /Search engines / VLE / Voting tools and wikis

If there’s anything missing you’d like included, just drop me a mail.

The blog will continue to grow over the coming days, weeks and months

Please give it a visit at:

That’s an easy to remember URL if there ever was one!

The perfect blend – article in MET


The perfect blend

Pete Sharma

English language teaching is in the middle of a paradigm shift – the change from printed materials to digital. In this article, based on my BESIG (Business English Special Interest Group) presentation in Bonn, November 2014, I will briefly explore print materials, digital materials, and then describe ten practical teaching ideas which combine both print and digital.

For the rest of this article, see: Modern English Teacher Volume 24 Issue 2

NEW Article Series from OUP – Making the most of technology in business English

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Part one – Grammar and Vocabulary

With so many digital resources at your fingertips how do you decide which ones to use? In this article series, Pete Sharma looks at ways to integrate technology into your business English classroom by sharing his favourite apps and websites.

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One-month, online course launch: Getting Blended Learning Right

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I don’t remember the exact hour of the precise day of which month I got bitten by the Blended Learning bug, but it has been a long and interesting flirtation, through connotation and translation (‘co-existencia’), from platform to platform, and recently to research via the flipped classroom……some of the fruits of this labour have been used (to mix metaphors) to enrich and inform a new, online course called: Getting Blended Learning Right

You can get iTDi certified in Blended Learning in this four-week iTDi Advanced course. You’ll learn what blended learning is and isn’t, why so many who try to implement a blended approach rarely get it right, and what’s involved in setting up a blended language learning program. Whether you’re a teacher, trainer, manager or principal you’ll learn how to build a blended program that’s just right for your particular context.

Live sessions:

  • Sunday March 8th – course participants only (60 minutes)
  • Sunday March 15th – course participants only (60 minutes)
  • Sunday March 22nd – course participants only (60 minutes)
  • Sunday March 29th – course participants only (60 minutes)

Time: 13:00 – 14:00 GMT (Don’t forget to check your local time)

Enroll in the entire course for only US $59

Course + Evaluation + Certificate of Accomplishment US $89

To book your place on the course, visit: