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Adaptive learning is seen by its advocates as a ‘game-changer’, something that will revolutionize learning (including language learning), making it more economical, more efficient and more personalized. Still a largely unfamiliar term to most language teachers, it is already a central concern to large educational providers, such as universities and chains of language schools, as well as major publishers of ELT materials.
Adaptive learning software tailors learning materials and tasks to the individuals who are using them, and provides previously undreamt of opportunities for assessment. Promoted by most national governments and education ministries, international bodies such as the OECD or the World Bank, the biggest software companies and huge educational foundations such as the Gates Foundation, adaptive learning is coming your way soon.
This short guide to adaptive learning for English language teachers will:
- provide uncomplicated explanations and examples of what it is and how it works
- discuss the impact that it is likely to have in the world of language teaching
- evaluate its potential and examine its implications
- suggest ways of finding out more about latest developments
Unusually, for a book about education technology, it adopts a critical stance throughout and considers both the educational and political context of technological innovation.
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