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Book reviewed: Sharma, P. & Barrett, B. (2018). Best practices for blended learning. English Teaching professional: Pavilion Publishing and Media Ltd: United Kingdom.


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Sharma and Barrett, in their introduction, clearly mention that their book is designed to “provide a comprehensive, practical handbook of use to language teachers, academic managers, teacher trainers and institution heads around the world” (p. 8), thereby emphasising their target readership. The authors appear to adopt an objective and realistic approach to the notion of a BL environment. This is particularly visible in a few of the chapters such as in Chapter 1 (‘What is Blended Learning?’) which addresses various terms that have been used to discuss BL such as, disruptive, redundant, sustainable, mobile, culture and flux (p. 20), in Chapter 3 (‘Research’) where, with all the positive aspects of BL, they state clearly that “Any claims about the superiority of BL need to be taken cautiously’’ (p. 39) and in Chapter 6 this objectivity is once again addressed with the chapter titled ‘Challenges’.

Item Type: Journal item
Uncontrolled Keywords: blended learning, English as Another Language, technology challenges
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Schools > Centre for Languages
Depositing User: Anthea Fester
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2020 03:08
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2023 08:44

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