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Inclusive Language Education and Digital Technology Edited by: Elina Vilar Beltrán, Chris Abbott, Jane Jones

Paperback - 200 pages
15 May 2013
Multilingual Matters
210 x 148


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.


In an age when inclusive language education prevails in schools internationally and competence in languages is considered to be an indispensable skill, this volume is undoubtedly a valuable contribution to language education in general. It definitely serves its purpose, to present how the notion of “languages for all”, as expressed in the nine chapters, could be achieved by exploiting all the technologies available. The book is well structured with all the chapters forming a unified whole. The fact that the book is divided into two parts provides an opportunity to become familiar with the theoretical background on some of the most important concepts discussed in the book in the first part and with practical examples of how the theory could be realised in the second part. Therefore, the book could not only be read by teachers, researchers, stakeholders or language education students but also by anyone interested in the field of inclusive education.

- the LINGUIST List
- Elis Kakoulli Constantinou, Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus

Author Biography:

Dr Elina Vilar Beltrán 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.

Readership Level:

Postgraduate, Research / Professional

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