This volume brings together chapters which collectively address issues relating to inclusive language education and technology. Topics include language teaching to the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and students with dyslexia, benefits of multimodal approaches for language learning, examples of software use in the language classroom, and copyright matters. The book demonstrates not only a commitment to inclusive practices but suggests practical ideas and strategies for practising and aspiring language teachers and those in support roles. The book also provides case studies and relates the issues to theoretical and policy frameworks. In drawing on different European perspectives, the book aims to promote discussion and collaboration within an international community of practice, especially about the role of technology in widening and strengthening opportunities for teachers and pupils alike and ensuring more effective Modern Foreign Language teaching, learning and assessment for all learners.
Dr Elina Vilar Beltran is a language instructor at Queen Mary, University of London. Modern languages education and accessibility have been her main areas of study since she started her post-doctoral training at King's College London. Other areas of interest are digital literacies, intercultural communication and language development in the study abroad context. Dr Chris Abbott is Reader in e-Inclusion at King's College London. He specialises in teaching and research around literacy, language and assistive technologies, especially with regard to students identified as having learning difficulties. He has led a number of research projects on aspects of technology and disability, and is the author of ICT: Changing Education (2000) and SEN and the Internet: Issues for the Inclusive Classroom (2002). Dr Jane Jones is Senior Lecturer in MFL Teacher Education at King's College London. Her research interests include the development and embedding of effective formative assessment practices in language teaching and learning, especially with student teachers, and the promotion of self-regulatory strategies by pupils of all abilities and all ages to manage their own learning.
Introduction: Elina Vilar Beltran, Chris Abbott and Jane Jones Chapter 1. Jane Jones: Modern Foreign Languages as an inclusive learning opportunity: changing policies, practices and identities in the languages classroom Chapter 2. Chris Abbott: Technology uses and language - a personal view Chapter 3. David Wilson: Meeting special educational needs in technology-enhanced language teaching: learning from the past, working for the future Chapter 4. Elina Vilar Beltran and Auxiliadora Sales Ciges: The 21st century languages classroom - the teacher perspective Chapter 5. Ewa Domagala-Zysk: Using technology to teaching English as a Foreign Language to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Chapter 6. Lynne Meiring and Nigel Norman: ICT- an instrument for developing inclusive practice in the training of Modern Languages teachers Chapter 7. Margaret Crombie: Foreign languages for learners with dyslexia - inclusive practice and technology Chapter 8. John Connor: Creative engagement and inclusion in the MFL classroom Chapter 9. Andreas Jeitler and Mark Wassermann: Conflicts between real-time resources and the storage of digitized materials: issues of copyright Conclusion: Elina Vilar Beltran, Chris Abbott and Jane Jones