The following volume presents a collection of chapters pertaining to English studies. The transversal theme for all of them is the pedagogical issue of informed teaching. In this volume the reader will find results of research and reflection of academic researchers and practitioners which may implicitly or explicity inspire language teachers to improve school practices by presenting insights into language teaching related areas. The book is divided into four main areas. Part one focuses on communication related issues and discusses the development of work-related competences. Part two of the volume is devoted to intercultural issues in foreign language pedagogy. Part three contains ruminations on creativity and reflectivity at school. Part four of the volume encompasses ideas lying at the crossroads of linguistics and literature.
The "Pilgrim Longman Resource Books" series provide a range of practical lessons in recipe format. They are written by experienced English language teachers. The activities can be used as the basis for lessons, as a departure point for classroom development and creativity, or as last minute time fillers. This book is for anyone interested in teacher training, whether trainer, trainee, organizer or administrator. It is for teachers who help each other in staffrooms, who sit in on each other's classes, or who want to share ideas with others. It is mostly concerned with modern language teacher training, but contains much of interest for people involved in other kinds of training too.
"An Introduction to Foreign Language Learning and Teaching" presents an engaging, student-friendly guide to the fields of foreign language learning and teaching. For students beginning their study of these fields, the book provides essential background information, dealing with language learning and teaching in a clear and comprehensible way. An Introduction will also be of value to teachers in training and those already working in the field, providing an up-to-date overview which focuses on contemporary issues while at the same time providing an important historical perspective.
An extensive collection of exciting and interactive activities in English for maths, geography, life skills, history and science. Students use language skills to design a town, find out if they are a good friend, or test their knowledge of recycling. A variety of activities present subjects in a fun and stimulating way.
Research results over the past decades have consistently demonstrated that a key reason why many second language learners fail--while some learners do better with less effort--lies in various learner attributes such as personality traits, motivation, or language aptitude. In psychology, these attributes have traditionally been called "individual differences." The scope of individual learner differences is broad--ranging from creativity to learner styles and anxiety--yet there is no current, comprehensive, and unified volume that provides an overview of the considerable amount of research conducted on various language learner differences, until now.
The book is motivated by very practical purposes, namely to help researchers to increase the efficiency of their questionnaires and to avoid possible pitfalls. Accordingly, special care has been taken to avoid unnecesary jargon, to make the text accessible, and to relate everything to real-life situations. Illustrated by concrete examples, the book offers a thorough but accessible overview of the theory of questionnaire design, and administration and processing, with a special view on second language research applications. The conclusion summarizes the main points of questionnaire theory in a straightforward checklist that offers an easy-to-use tool for researchers. Researchers and students in TESOL and second-language programs and applied linguistics, with secondary markets in other language research (e.g., child language) will find this book useful.
Teaching Practice is an essential reference for both EFL teachers and trainers on pre-service training courses. chapters systematically cover the main challenges for new teachers. It takes account of current methodology and is suitable for use on Cambridge CELTA courses. Contains basic guidelines and practical information to allow maximum learning from teaching practice sessions. Increases awareness of the classroom situation and covers basic classroom skills. Provides information on how to run a successful teaching practice course for teacher trainers.
This text focuses on the skills and processes necessary for understanding statistical research in language learning Designed for language teachers with no previous background in statistics, the paperback edition focuses on the skills and processes necessary for understanding statistical research in language learning. Brown explains the basic terms of statistics, the structure and organization of statistical research reports, the system of statistical logic, and how to decipher tables, charts, and graphs. By the end of the book, readers will be able to make knowledgeable judgments about the relative qualities of a study and to assess the value of the results of a study in relation to a specific language teaching situation.
Language learning is not a simple linear process, but involves the ongoing development of skills for a range of purposes. Gibbons sees this development as largely the result of the social contexts and interactions in which learning occurs. By focusing on the ways in which teachers can "scaffold" language and learning in the content areas, she takes a holistic approach - one that appreciates the struggle of students learning a new language, while simultaneously developing subject knowledge in it, and the challenge for teachers to address these needs. Given today's culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms, ESL students can no longer be thought of as a group apart from the mainstream - they are, the mainstream. This book describes the ways to ensure that ESL learners become full members of the school community with the language and content skills they need for success.