This article outlines a framework for tutor training, starting with a brief overview of benefits and challenges for online language tutors. It suggests a pyramid of skills necessary for successful online teaching. These include the more general skills of dealing with the technology and using its advantages, the social skills of community building, language teaching skills, and the skills to teach creatively and develop a personal teaching style in an online medium. The article then suggests how these skills can be implemented in a training programme, which includes both pre-course training and ongoing staff development.

The Lexile Framework measures reading ability and text complexity on the same developmental scale. Unlike other measurement systems, the Lexile Framework determines reading ability based on actual assessments, rather than generalized age or grade levels.

The product aims to improve class management, by enabling teachers to enroll and track students, normally a time-consuming process. Using a so-called “single sign on” process, students can access online resources from different vendors, and teachers can easily log performance among different classes and locations. It recently has raised a $10.3 million.

Ipass is a vocabulary learning system developed by BeiWaiOnline (Beijing) Edu-Tech Co., Ltd. By using the design of a subway map and numerous subway stations, the system transforms the boring vocabulary learning process into an interesting and step-by-step process. With the help of this system, teachers can dynamically check and monitor students’ vocabulary learning process so as to design remedial teaching. You can experience this product with any of the following accounts: BWtesting01, BWtesting02, BWtesting03, BWtesting04, or BWtesting05. (Password: 123456) We recommend Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox browsers.


在政策层面来看,2012年3 月国家教育部印发了《教育信息化十年发展规划(2011-2020 年)》,提出教育信息化将成为未来十年发展的重点。并把建设教育云网络、培养信息化人才和建立信息化管理体系等三项任务作为十年发展规划的主要任务。



By Elfrieda H. Hiebert & Misty Sailors
Until now, no single volume has comprehensively examined the crucial question of how to select the most appropriate reading material for beginning or struggling readers. From leading authorities, this book meets an important need by reviewing the best available research on the role of specific text features—including linguistic and conceptual content—in supporting the development of proficient reading. Also explored are ways that teacher scaffolding can help students who have difficulties with particular aspects or types of texts. The book considers approaches to adapting the design and selection of texts to reinforce reading skills and provide well-paced challenges for K–6 students at a variety of ability levels.

By Heidi Anne E. Mesmer
Selecting reading materials at the appropriate level for each student is an essential component of promoting literacy, and a number of tools for determining text difficulty are now available. This unique, much-needed reference helps teachers choose from a wide array of approaches and implement them effectively. Provided is a thorough, integrative review of recently developed applications such as Lexiles, as well as traditional readability formulas and systems for beginning readers. Detailed vignettes clearly illustrate how teachers have used these tools in real classrooms and provide tips and pointers for success. Rich with charts, tables, and resources, this practical guide includes an appendix on two electronic book matching programs, Accelerated Reader and Reading Counts.

   Theme:  信息技术与外语教学:机遇与挑战

ICT and Foreign Language Instruction: Opportunities and Challenges

   Date:      November 7-8, 2014
Venue:   Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing, China