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Understanding Language Teaching

Author : B. Kumaravadivelu
ISBN : 9781135607616
Genre : Education
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This book traces the historical development of major language teaching methods in terms of theoretical principles and classroom procedures, and provides a critical evaluation of each. Drawing from seminal, foundational texts and from critical commentaries made by various scholars, Kumaravadivelu examines the profession's current transition from method to postmethod and, in the process, elucidates the relationship between theory, research, and practice. The chief objective is to help readers see the pattern that connects language, learning, teaching methods, and postmethod perspectives. In this book, Kumaravadivelu: *brings together a critical vision of L2 learning and teaching--a vision founded at once on historical development and contemporary thought; *connects findings of up-to-date research in L2 learning with issues in L2 teaching thus making the reader aware of the relationship between theory, research and practice; *presents language teaching methods within a coherent framework of language-, learner-, and learning-centered pedagogies, thus helping the reader to see how they are related to each other; *shows how the three categories of methods evolved historically leading ultimately (and inevitably) to the emergence of a postmethod condition; and *provides the reader with a solid background in several interconnected areas of L2 pedagogy, such as concepts of competence, input factors, intake processes, interactional modifications, and instructional design. Understanding Language Teaching: From Method to Postmethod is intended for an international audience of teacher educators, practicing teachers and graduate students, researchers, curriculum planners, and materials designers in the field of second and foreign language teaching.
Category: Education

Understanding Language Teaching

Author : Karen E. Johnson
ISBN : UOM:39015048946159
Genre : Education
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Understanding Language Teaching encourages teachers to reflect on their classroom practice by thinking critically about their own teaching, their colleagues' teaching, and the environments where they work.
Category: Education

Teacher Development In Action

Author : Magdalena Kubanyiova
ISBN : 9780230232587
Genre : Education
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Bringing together multiple sources of data and combining existing theories across language teacher cognition, teacher education, second language motivation, and psychology, this empirically-grounded analysis of teacher development in action offers new insights into the complex and dynamic nature of language teachers' conceptual change.
Category: Education

Understanding Language In Diverse Classrooms

Author : Marilyn Shatz
ISBN : 9781136700644
Genre : Education
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With the increasing linguistic and cultural diversity of students in U. S. schools, all teachers, regardless of the content area or grade they teach, need research-based strategies for assisting all students to gain English proficiency. This practical, concise guide shows teachers what they need to know about language, how it is learned, how it is used, and how teaching about it can be incorporated into lessons throughout the curriculum. Understanding Language in Diverse Classrooms offers a model of how learning takes place and describes the critical role of teachers in that model. It includes comparison charts showing how some of the most common heritage languages represented among present-day students compare with English, and it provides examples of hands-on materials including checklists, rating scales, and sample lessons to help teachers prepare to teach all their students in diverse classrooms. Each chapter ends with questions to stimulate discussion and reflection on major chapter points, to enable readers to review and evaluate the information and then integrate it into their own practice.
Category: Education

Understanding Language Classroom Contexts

Author : Martin Wedell
ISBN : 9781441160591
Genre : Education
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Arguably the whole point of education is to effect change in what people know and are able to do. Globalization has contributed to a common perception worldwide of the need to introduce changes to the teaching and learning of languages. The success of many attempts to do so has been limited by insufficient consideration of implementation contexts. Understanding Language Classroom Contexts explores and illustrates how what happens in any (language) classroom is influenced by (and can be an influence on) the contexts in which it is situated. A clear understanding of these influences is thus the starting point for planning effective change. The book considers many visible and invisible features of the multiple layers of any context, and provides a framework for understanding the types of factors that may influence whether changes (planned by a teacher or externally initiated) are likely to be successful. The book will help teachers (and educational managers or change planners outside the classroom) to understand why their classrooms are as they are and so to make informed decisions about what can or cannot (or not easily) be changed, and suggests how any changes might be appropriately managed.
Category: Education

Advances And Current Trends In Language Teacher Identity Research

Author : Yin Ling Cheung
ISBN : 9781317686514
Genre : Education
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This book presents the latest research on understanding language teacher identity and development for both novice and experienced researchers and educators, and introduces non-experts in language teacher education to key topics in teacher identity research. It covers a wide range of backgrounds, themes, and subjects pertaining to language teacher identity and development. Some of these include the effects of apprenticeship in doctoral training on novice teacher identity; the impacts of mid-career redundancy on the professional identities of teachers; challenges faced by teachers in the construction of their professional identities; the emerging professional identity of pre-service teachers; teacher identity development of beginning teachers; the role of emotions in the professional identities of non-native English speaking teachers; the negotiation of professional identities by female academics. Advances and Current Trends in Language Teacher Identity Research will appeal to academics in ELT/TESOL/applied linguistics. It will also be useful to those who are non-experts in language teacher education, yet still need to know about theories and recent advances in the area due to varying reasons including their affiliation to a teacher training institute; needs to participate in projects on language teacher education; and teaching a course for pre-service and in-service language teachers.
Category: Education

Understanding Language Testing

Author : Dan Douglas
ISBN : 9781444166422
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Understanding Language Testing presents an introduction to language tests and the process of test development that starts at the very beginning. Assuming no knowledge of the field, the book promotes a practical understanding of language testing using examples from a variety of languages. While grounded on solid theoretical principles, the book focuses on fostering a true understanding of the various uses of language tests and the process of test development, scoring test performance, analyzing and interpreting test results, and above all, using tests as ethically and fairly as possible so that test takers are given every opportunity to do their best, to learn as much as possible, and feel positive about their language learning. Each chapter includes a summary, suggestions for further reading, and exercises. As such this is the ideal book for both beginning students of linguistics and language education, or anyone in a related discipline looking for a first introduction to language testing.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Understanding Language

Author : Melinda J. McBee Orzulak
ISBN : 0814155642
Genre : Classroom management
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Category: Classroom management

Teacher Learning In Language Teaching

Author : 편집부
ISBN : 0521559073
Genre : Education
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This book introduces a new field of educational research called teacher learning, as it applies to the teaching of languages. Up until recently, the study of second language teacher education has focused mainly on the knowledge base and specific skills needed for effective teaching. This book invites us to look at teacher education from a fresh point of view, through an exploration of the thinking and learning processes of individuals as they learn to teach. Seventeen original articles, based on studies done in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, provide examples of pioneering research into the ways that individuals learn to teach languages, and the roles that previous experience, social context, and professional training play in the process. The collection thus helps establish a research base for this newly developing field.
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What English Language Teachers Need To Know Volume I

Author : Denise E. Murray
ISBN : 9781136933554
Genre : Foreign Language Study
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Designed for pre-service teachers and teachers new to the field of ELT, What English Teachers Need to Know I and II are companion textbooks organized around the key question: What do teachers need to know and be able to do in order for their students to learn English? The focus throughout is on outcomes, that is, student learning. Volume I, on understanding learning, provides the background information that teachers need to know and be able to use in their classroom: the characteristics of the context in which they work how English works and how it is learned their role in the larger professional sphere of English language education Volume II, on facilitating learning, covers the three main facets of teaching: planning instructing assessing The texts work for teachers across different contexts (countries where English is the dominant language, one of the official languages, or taught as a foreign language); different levels (elementary/primary, secondary, college or university, or adult education), and different learning purposes (general English, workplace English, English for academic purposes, or English for specific purposes).
Category: Foreign Language Study

The Routledge Handbook Of English Language Teaching

Author : Graham Hall
ISBN : 9781317384465
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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The Routledge Handbook of English Language Teaching is the definitive reference volume for postgraduate and advanced undergraduate students of Applied Linguistics, ELT/TESOL, and Language Teacher Education, and for ELT professionals engaged in in-service teacher development and/or undertaking academic study. Progressing from ‘broader’ contextual issues to a ‘narrower’ focus on classrooms and classroom discourse, the volume’s inter-related themes focus on: ELT in the world: contexts and goals planning and organising ELT: curriculum, resources and settings methods and methodology: perspectives and practices second language learning and learners teaching language: knowledge, skills and pedagogy understanding the language classroom. The Handbook’s 39 chapters are written by leading figures in ELT from around the world. Mindful of the diverse pedagogical, institutional and social contexts for ELT, they convincingly present the key issues, areas of debate and dispute, and likely future developments in ELT from an applied linguistics perspective. Throughout the volume, readers are encouraged to develop their own thinking and practice in contextually appropriate ways, assisted by discussion questions and suggestions for further reading that accompany every chapter. Advisory board: Guy Cook, Diane Larsen-Freeman, Amy Tsui, and Steve Walsh
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Reflections On Language Teacher Identity Research

Author : Gary Barkhuizen
ISBN : 9781317286097
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Reflections on Language Teacher Identity Research is the first book to present understandings of language teacher identity (LTI) from a broad range of research fields. Drawing on their personal research experience, 41 contributors locate LTI within their area of expertise by considering their conceptual understanding of LTI and the methodological approaches used to investigate it. The chapters are narrative in nature and take the form of guided reflections within a common chapter structure, with authors embedding their discussions within biographical accounts of their professional lives and research work. Authors weave discussions of LTI into their own research biographies, employing a personal reflective style. This book also looks to future directions in LTI research, with suggestions for research topics and methodological approaches. This is an ideal resource for students and researchers interested in language teacher identity as well as language teaching and research more generally.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Understanding Expertise In Teaching

Author : Amy Tsui
ISBN : 9780521632072
Genre : Foreign Language Study
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The author clarifies the nature of expertise in language teaching, its development, and how teachers employ it. This book is the first detailed study of what expertise in language teaching consists of and how it develops in language teachers. Exploring the classroom practices of her subjects in four illuminating case studies, Tsui succeeds in clarifying the nature of expertise in language teaching, the factors that shape and influence its development, and how teachers employ their expertise in teaching. In the process, the author critically examines an extensive literature on teacher cognition and shows how teachers' theories, knowledge, experience, and goals shape their classroom practices and their ability to move from novice to expert.
Category: Foreign Language Study

Language Teaching Research And Language Pedagogy

Author : Rod Ellis
ISBN : 9781118291375
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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This book examines current research centered on the second languageclassroom and the implications of this research for both theteaching and learning of foreign languages. It offers illuminatinginsights into the important relationship between research andteaching, and the inherent complexities of the teaching andlearning of foreign languages in classroom settings. Offers an accessible overview of a range of research oninstruction and learning in the L2 classroom Bridges the relationship between research, teachers, andlearners Helps evolve the practice of dedicated current languageteachers with research findings that suggest best practices forlanguage teaching
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Intercultural Language Teaching And Learning

Author : Anthony J. Liddicoat
ISBN : 9781118482100
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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This wide-ranging survey of issues in intercultural languageteaching and learning covers everything from core concepts toprogram evaluation, and advocates a fluid, responsive approach toteaching language that reflects its central role in fosteringintercultural understanding. Includes coverage of theoretical issues defining language,culture, and communication, as well as practice-driven issues suchas classroom interactions, technologies, programs, and languageassessment Examines systematically the components of language teaching:language itself, meaning, culture, learning, communicating, andassessments, and puts them in social and cultural context Features numerous examples throughout, drawn from variouslanguages, international contexts, and frameworks Incorporates a decade of in-depth research and detaileddocumentation from the authors’ collaborative work withpracticing teachers Provides a much-needed addition to the sparse literature onintercultural aspects of language education
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Understanding And Developing Good Practice

Author : John Klapper
ISBN : 1904243614
Genre : Language and languages
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This text supports the professional development and training of modern languages teachers in higher education. It links insights from pedagogical and applied linguistic research to the practicalities of the undergraduate language syllabus and is suitable for teachers of both specialist and non-specialist language students.
Category: Language and languages

Key Issues In Language Teaching

Author : Jack C. Richards
ISBN : 9781107456105
Genre : Language and languages
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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.
Category: Language and languages

Understanding Context In Language Use And Teaching

Author : Éva Illés
ISBN : 9781000060430
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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This book is a guide to understanding and applying the essential, heretofore elusive, notion of context in language study and pedagogy. Éva Illés offers a new, critical, systematic theoretical framework, then applies that framework to practical interactions and issues in communicative language teaching rooted in English as a Lingua Franca. By linking theory and practice for research and teaching around the world, this book brings a new awareness of how context can be conceptualised and related to language pedagogy to advanced students, teachers, teacher educators and researchers of language teaching, applied linguistics and pragmatics.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines