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Kervin, L. & Derewianka, B. (2011). New technologies to support language learning. In B. Tomlinson (Eds.), Materials Development in Language Teaching (pp. 328-351). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.


Language classrooms have always used technologies of various kinds, from the blackboard through to the language laboratory. In recent decades, however, there has been an explosion in the resources available to teachers, to the point where many feel overwhelmed. This chapter therefore, does not attempt to provide a comprehensive review of 'state of the art' technologies - primarily because the ground is shifting so rapidly that any such endeavour would soon be out of date. Rather, we have kept in mind an audience who are not necessarily interested in the finer points of technological innovations but who are seeking some practical input on those advances that are productive in fostering their students' learning.

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