Barney Barrett, Pete Sharma

Best Practices for Blended Learning


Practical ideas and advice for language teachers and school managers running Blended Learning courses

Best Practices for Blended Learning is a comprehensive, practical handbook to help you deliver successful Blended Learning lessons and courses.



Best Practices for Blended Learning supports language teachers and school managers in developing and running Blended Learning courses.

Authors Pete Sharma and Barney Barrett bring their years of experience to this ever-evolving and highly-complex field to offer systematic guidance on the various technologies available to language teachers and a framework to help you choose which of the many learning platforms available is suitable for your context and goals.

The handbook also contains a wealth of practical teaching ideas which blend traditional classroom input with online activities.

Whether you are a language teacher or teacher trainer looking to start blending your classes, or an academic manager looking to improve learning outcomes in your institution, Best Practices for Blended Learning offers the information and support that you need.


Best Practices in Blended Learning is ideal for ELT teachers of varying experience levels.

This comprehensive handbook provides new teachers with much-needed support, but also offers inspiration for experienced teachers and teacher trainers with lots of new ideas and checklists to develop your skills further.


ISBN: 9781911028840
Publication: 30 March 2018
Section 1: Blended Learning in language teaching

1. What is Blended Learning?
2. A brief history of Blended Learning
3. Research
4. Models
5. Why run a Blended Learning course?
6. Challenges
7. Success factors
8. A framework for creating a Blended Learning course
9. Platform options
10. Blended Learning in action

Section 2: Practical ideas

1. Starting a BL course
2. Grammar
3. Vocabulary
4. Listening
5. Reading
6. Speaking
7. Writing
8. Games and projects
9. Testing and assessment
10. Finishing a BL course

Section 3: Resources

1. Blended Learning and the future
2. Evaluating technology: hardware and software
3. Tips for teacher trainers
4. Learning more about Blended Learning


Online appendices


Pete Sharma is a teacher trainer, a trainer trainer, a consultant, a presenter and an ELT author. He specialises in educational technology and Blended Learning.

Barney Barrett is a specialist in the use of technology in English language teaching and Blended Learning, and is a teacher and teacher trainer. Both have over 20 years of experience.

Pete and Barney have worked closely together for many years, writing books and delivering training courses.


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