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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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Reform, Inclusion and Teacher Education: Towards a New Era of Special and Inclusive Education in The Asia-Pacific Region

Christine Forlin
Routledge, June 2008

With major developments being proposed by current educational reform in the Asia–Pacific region, and confusion as to how to instigate these new measures, this book provides information to better prepare teachers to move toward inclusive education. Its three sections cover broad trends and issues in special education in the Asia–Pacific region, pedagogical approaches for teachers and best-practice models for inclusive school communities. Topics include meeting new challenges in special education in China, the training of special-needs educators in Singapore to support inclusion, the changing responsibilities of principals in relation to inclusive education, and transition strategies for students with disabilities. Adapted from publisher's description.

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Subject Headings

Education and state
Teaching profession
Teaching and learning
Education aims and objectives
Education policy

Teaching English Language Learners through Technology

Tony Erben, Ruth Ban, Martha  Castaneda

The use of computers and technology as pedagogical tools for English-language learners (ELLs) is the focus of this text. Topics covered include the process of English-langage learning, the use of technology in a classroom situation, computer-assisted language learning research, e-tools for facilitating learner communication, and e-assessments. The approaches and strategies outlined in the text take into consideration the availability of classroom computers and student to computer ratios, and annotated lists of relevant print and electronic resources are also provided. Adapted from publisher's description.

Key Learning Areas

Technology

Subject Headings

Technology teaching
Technology

Teacher Language Awareness

Stephen Andrews

Teacher Language Awareness (TLA), teachers' knowledge and understanding of language systems, is an area of increasing interest to those involved in language teacher education. An introduction to the nature of TLA is provided by this text, which also addresses the impact of TLA upon teaching and its potential impact on learning. The text aims to encourage teachers and language educators to consider TLA and their planning of lessons and programs associated with it. Adapted from publisher's description

Key Learning Areas

English

Subject Headings

Teacher training
Language and languages

Using English, 2nd edn.

Janet Maybin, Neil Mercer, Ann Hewing
Routledge, December 2006

An introduction to the study of English for students of language and linguistics is provided by this text, which uses current research to examine English use in different contexts and across many parts of the world, and by both native and non-native speakers. Data and readings are used to explore issues of language use in speech and writing, in formal and informal contexts, and for various intended purposes. Variations in English language use are discussed and evaluated. Adapted from publisher's website.

Key Learning Areas

English

Subject Headings

Linguistics
English language teaching

Pacific Islands Writing: The Postcolonial Literatures of Aotearoa/New Zealand and Oceania

Michelle Keown

An introduction to the post-colonial literatures of the Pacific region is offered. The book covers a variety of literary and cultural contexts, including the Indigenous literatures of Polynesia, Melanesia, and Micronesia, as well as a range of European or Western writing about the Pacific. The relevance of post-colonial literary paradigms is assessed, and Indigenous Pacific literary theories are drawn upon using region-specific analysis of key authors and texts. Adapted from publisher's description.

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Subject Headings

Pacific region
Literature

Reading Success for Struggling Adolescent Learners

Susan Lenski, Jill Lewis

Outlined in this book are factors that affect struggling readers in Grades 7–12, as well as research-based strategies for improving their reading and writing skills. Selected chapters cover the reasons behind reading difficulties, policies and programs that support literacy, and classroom practices that promote reading success. Topics include assessment; building core competencies, such as fluency, comprehension and vocabulary; and working with struggling adolescent English-language learners. Adapted from publisher's description.

Key Learning Areas

English

Subject Headings

Reading difficulties
Reading
Literacy
Adolescents