I am very happy that I was able to contribute a chapter in this British Council book on ‘Blended Learning in English Language Teaching: Course Design and Implementation’ edited by Brian Tomlinson and Claire Whittaker. My contribution (in part 3, chapter 11, pages 131-139) describes how I used podcasts in a blend of interactions and tools for and ESP course for taxi drivers which I created from scratch in a very short time. There was no material available and I had hardly any time to prepare before the course started.

My approach of co-creating the course syllabus and content with the taxi drivers on the go, together with using a blend of tools for out-of-class review opportunities, tailored to the needs of the taxi drivers worked very well.

I wrote a different, more practical version for the English Teaching Professional magazine: Tools for taxi drivers. Together, they should allow you to replicate the course design for a similar context for other ESP course if there is little time for materials creation and if you are not the only expert in the room.

The book looks at various case studies that describe how the blended Learning was used in the English Language Teaching context.

The main part of the book consists of twenty case studies, which are grouped into four areas:

  • Part 1: EAP (English for Academic Purposes)
  • Part 2: Teacher Development
  • Part 3: ESP (English for Specific Purposes)
  • Part 4: English as a Foreign Language/General English

The book can be downloaded for free in PDF format or purchased in print.