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A textbook which relates lingusitic theory to second language teaching
Language Teaching
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How can theories of language development be understood and applied in your language classroom? By presenting a range of linguistic perspectives from formal to functional to cognitive, this book highlights the relevance of second language acquisition research to the language classroom. Following a brief historical survey of the ways in which language has been viewed, Whong clearly discusses the basic tenets of Chomskyan linguistics, before exploring ten generalisations about second language development in terms of their implications for language teaching. Emphasising the formal generative approach, the book explores well-known language teaching methods, looking at the extent to which linguistic theory is relevant to the different approaches. This is the first textbook to provide an explicit discussion of language teaching from the point of view of formal linguistics. Key features * Deconstructs a lesson plan to show the translation of theory to classroom practice * Provides 'For Discussion' sections at the end of every chapter * Includes a Glossary of key terms and concepts in the field
Melinda Whong is a lecturer in English Language Teaching at the University of Leeds. Having taught in the US, China, Egypt, she did her formal academic training in the UK in generative second language acquisition. By applying theory to practice, she brings the two sides of her career together.
Chapter 1: Introduction; Chapter 2: Historical Overview: Language & Language Teaching; Chapter 3: Language as a Biological Property; Chapter 4: Language as Tool for Communication; Chapter 5: Implications for Language Teaching; Chapter 6: Approaches to English Language Teaching; Chapter 7: Putting Theory into Practice; Chapter 8: Practice and Practices: Responding to Student Needs; References; Bibliography; Glossary
An important resource for anyone who takes language teaching and acquisition seriously. -- Joyce Bruhn de Garavito, The University of Western Ontario This is an authoritative synthesis of the main streams of thought in linguistics, second language acquisition research and language teaching methodology. The author provides the reader with a rarely encountered integration of the practical with the theoretical, making it an invaluable guide for applied linguists and language teaching practitioners alike. -- Professor Mike Sharwood Smith, Chair of Languages, Heriot-Watt University An important resource for anyone who takes language teaching and acquisition seriously. This is an authoritative synthesis of the main streams of thought in linguistics, second language acquisition research and language teaching methodology. The author provides the reader with a rarely encountered integration of the practical with the theoretical, making it an invaluable guide for applied linguists and language teaching practitioners alike.
Author
Melinda Whong
Pages
224
Publisher
Edinburgh University Press
Year
2011
ISBN-10
0748636358
ISBN-13
9780748636358
Format
Paperback
Imprint
Edinburgh University Press
Subtitle
Linguistic Theory in Practice
Place of Publication
Edinburgh
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
DEWEY
418.0071
Publication Date
2011-01-01
Media
Book
Short Title
LANGUAGE TEACHING
Language
English
Illustrations
Yes
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