A comprehensive and extensively researched overview of key issues in language teaching today. This essential text for English language teachers surveys a broad range of core topics that are important in understanding contemporary approaches to teaching English as a second or international language, and which form the content of many professional development courses for language teachers. A wide range of issues is examined, including a consideration of the nature of English in the world, the way the English teaching profession works, the development of teaching methods, the nature of classroom teaching, teaching the four skills, teaching the language system, and elements of a language program.
This volume offers research-based studies on English for Specific Purposes in higher education from across the world.
Author: Yasemin Kırkgöz
This volume offers research-based studies on English for Specific Purposes in higher education from across the world. By drawing on international studies, the book brings together diverse ESP practices and aspects of relevant issues in the development of ESP programs, teachers and learners in a coherent fashion. There is a growing need for undergraduate students to develop their proficiency of ESP skills and knowledge in the increasingly globalized world. Knowledge of ESP is an important factor in subject matter learning by students, and also closely related to the performance of university graduates in the relevant sectors. Careful planning and efficient implementation are essential to ensure the quality of the language learning process. For a variety of reasons, it proves difficult to maintain ESP instruction in higher education. These reasons include the incompetence of teachers, lack of materials for that specific context, as well as lack of opportunities for ESP teachers to develop their skills. The chapters in this book, taken from a wide variety of countries, shed light on the diversity of current practices and issues surrounding ESP.
Hughes, A. (1989) Testing for Language Teachers, Cambridge: Cambridge
University Press. ... OfSTED (1993) Modern Foreign Languages Key Stage 3:
First Year 1992–93: The Implementation of the Curricular Requirements of the
Author: K. Field
Issues in Modern Foreign Languages Teaching draws together a range of issues in the teaching of modern foreign languages into one volume that will encourage students and newly qualified teachers to consider and reflect on the issues so that they can make a reasoned and informed judgement about their teaching of MFL. It will be relevant for students and newly qualified teachers at both primary and secondary level and will fill a gap in their knowledge due to time constraints - and an emphasis on standards - on ITT and PGCE courses.
Author: Professor Jack C RichardsPublish On: 1990-02-23
For use in courses on language teaching methodology and teacher preparation, this book also serves as an invaluable source for courses in language curriculum development, materials development, and teaching practice.
Author: Professor Jack C Richards
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Category: Foreign Language Study
For use in courses on language teaching methodology and teacher preparation, this book also serves as an invaluable source for courses in language curriculum development, materials development, and teaching practice. The author views effective language teaching as a network of interactions involving the curriculum, methodology, the teacher, the learner, and instructional materials (hence the metaphor of a matrix). Each chapter discusses and examines the theoretical and practical dimensions of a central issue in language teaching. Among the topics covered are curriculum development, designing instructional materials, teaching listening, speaking, reading and writing, the nature of effective teaching, self-monitoring in teacher development, and language and content. Richards presents key issues in an accessible and highly readable style, and shows how teachers and teachers-in-training can be involved in the investigation of classroom teaching and learning. The emphasis is not on prescriptions but rather on developing effective teaching through understanding the various factors that interact in second language learning and in the second language classroom.
EXPERTISE IN SECOND LANGUAGE TEACHING AND LEARNING Edited by
Keith Johnson This volume discusses ... approach of its kind , containing twelve
studies on key issues in Spanish syntax from a broad functionalist perspective .
He has written over 150 books and articles on language teaching methodology
and teacher training, as well as many widely used classroom texts. His most
recent books are Key Issues in Language Teaching (2014) and Approaches and
Author: Michael Thomas
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Over the last decade task-based approaches to language learning and teaching (TBLT) have become a global focus of increased levels of research. Governments around the world have turned to TBLT as a potential solution for curricula that lack authentic and meaningful engagement with language learning and are failing to motivate students as a result. This book focuses on Asia, where this shift has been particularly in evidence. TBLT has often been implemented in top-down approaches to curriculum development, which presents a huge range of challenges at the cultural as well as the pedagogic level. Contemporary Task Based Language Teaching in Asia looks at the drivers, stakeholders and obstacles across the region. Some countries have adapted TBLT to deal with the local constraints, others have found it hard to apply and many are still in the process of investigating its implementation in their specific contexts. This collection is important to all involved in language development, from curriculum reform to materials development. It assists from programme evaluation to the setting of assessment standards. The chapters cover all aspects of language education across Asia, from primary to tertiary, private and public education, as well as innovations at local, regional and national levels.
Learners, employers and the language teaching industry have identified as key issues in language learning in VET needs analysis, the question of contents,
intercultural learning, delivery modes, evaluation and accreditation, and last but
Author: Michael Byram
Category: Foreign Language Study
The Routledge Encyclopedia of Language Teaching and Learning is an authoritative reference dealing with all aspects of this increasingly important field of study. Offering a comprehensive range of articles on contemporary language teaching and its history, it has been produced specifically for language teaching professionals and as a reference work for academic studies at postgraduate level. In this new edition, every single entry has been reviewed and updated with reference to new developments and publications. Coverage has been expanded to reflect new technological, global and academic developments, with particular attention to areas such as online and distance learning, teacher and learner cognition, testing, assessment and evaluation, global English and teacher education. Themes and disciplines covered include: Methods and materials, including new technologies and materials development Contexts and concepts, such as mediation, risk-taking in language learning and intercomprehension Influential figures from the early days of language teaching to the contemporary Related disciplines, such as psychology, anthropology and corpus linguistics? It covers the teaching of specific languages, including Japanese, Chinese, Arabic and African languages, as well as English, French, German and Spanish. There are thirty five overview articles dealing with issues such as communicative language teaching, early language learning, teacher education and syllabus and curriculum design. A further 160 entries focus on topics such as bilingualism, language laboratories and study abroad. Numerous shorter items examine language and cultural institutions, professional associations and acronyms. Multiple cross-references enable the user to browse from one entry to another, and there are suggestions for further reading. Written by an international team of specialists, the Routledge Encyclopedia of Language Teaching and Learning is an invaluable resource and reference manual for anyone with a professional or academic interest in the subject.
sophisticated language learners which illustrate well the enormous problems of language learning . ... The speculations and controversies about language teaching reflect the key problems encountered by most learners ; and different ...
Author: H. H. Stern
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Category: Foreign Language Study
Professor Stern puts applied linguistics research into its historical and interdisciplinary perspective. He gives an authoritative survey of past developments worldwide and establishes a set of guidelines for the future. There are six parts: Clearing the Ground, Historical Perspectives, Concepts of Language, Concepts of Society, Concepts of Language Learning, and Concepts of Language Teaching.
Foreign language teaching has already experienced various palace revolts and
Copernican revolutions, but it still remains that there are key issues in language teaching which are more than matters of greater efficacy of teaching methods and
The foreign language education profession must reaffirm that teaching the target language is the primary focus of our ... The following recommendations on key issues in teacher education are based on position papers prepared by Frank ...
... collections of essays which address key contemporary issues in English language teaching and applied linguistics . A major concern in editing these
three volumes has been the desire to present English language teaching ( ELT )
in a ...
Author: David Hall
Publisher: Psychology Press
Designed specially for postgraduate TESOL and Applied Linguistics students, this Reader provides both theoretical perspectives and practical tools for analysing and understanding how ELT classroom curricula can be analysed,developed and evaluated.
1 The origins of language curriculum development 2 From syllabus design to curriculum development 3 Needs analysis 4 Situation analysis 5 Planning goals and learning outcomes 6 Course planning and syllabus design 7 Providing for effective ...
Author: Jack C. Richards
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
This text provides a systematic introduction to the issues involved in planning, developing, and managing effective language programs. The paperback edition provides a systematic introduction to the issues involved in developing, managing, and evaluating effective second and foreign language programs and teaching materials. Key stages in the curriculum development process are examined, including situation analysis, needs analysis, goal setting, syllabus design, materials development and adaptation, teaching and teacher support, and evaluation. Discussion activities throughout the book enable it to be used as a reference text for teachers and administrators.
... collections of articles which address key contemporary issues in English language teaching and applied linguistics. A major concern in editing these three
volumes has been the desire to present English language teaching (ELT) in a
Author: Christopher Candlin
Publisher: Psychology Press
English Language Teaching in its Social Context offers sociolinguistic, ethnographic, and social-psychological perspectives on TESOL teaching and learning and introduces the relevant literature on second language acquisition. Together with its companion volumes, it presents English language teaching in a variety of specific institutional, geographic and cultural contexts. The articles - a range of seminal and specially commissioned pieces - have been carefully chosen to present four major principles of English language teaching: * they focus on the roles played by teachers and learners * recognise the individuality of language learners * support teachers in the provision of active guidance for students' learning * examine both positive and negative patterns of interaction between learners and teachers. This Reader offers people unfamiliar with research in this field an overall impression of English language teaching issues while allowing the more experienced reader the opportunity to relate his or her own experiences to the theories presented.
Reviewed by Abe Peters Beyond methodology , as the title suggests , addresses
a wide range of second language issues that are outside or beyond the
classroom . Since bilingualism and heritage language teaching are important issues in ...
TEACHING ENGLISH AS AN ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE Montessori Centre
International Description : Beginning with an ... of Education Description :
Compulsory modules : Fundamental Issues in Language and Teaching ; The
The book looks at world-wide evidence on issues surrounding bilingualism and bilingual education.
Author: Colin Baker
Publisher: Multilingual Matters
The book looks at world-wide evidence on issues surrounding bilingualism and bilingual education. These issues include the relationship between bilingualism and intelligence, the advantages and disadvantages of bilingual education and the role of attitude and motivation in bilingualism.
While the solutions to the challenges that confront them are not all clear , there is
substantial agreement as to what the key issues are . Increasingly , language teachers representing various levels of instruction — secondary teachers ...
Theory as Practice-practice as Theory , Proceedings of the 7th Delaware
Symposium on Language Studies, October 1985, the ... By concentrating on key issues , as opposed to rules , Zanger permits the teacher to limit the mass of