Beyond the Language Classroom

  • Filename: beyond-the-language-classroom.
  • ISBN: 9780230306790
  • Release Date: 2011-07-27
  • Number of pages: 208
  • Author: P. Benson
  • Publisher: Springer

This comprehensive exploration of theoretical and practical aspects of out-of-class teaching and learning from a variety of perspectives and in various settings around the world includes a theoretical overview of the field, 11 data-based case studies and practical advice on materials development for independent learning.

Blended Learning

  • Filename: blended-learning.
  • ISBN: 0230020836
  • Release Date: 2007
  • Number of pages: 160
  • Author: Pete Sharma
  • Publisher: MACMILLAN

The ideal companion for any teacher interested in the use of technology in the language classroom, Blended Learning provides a practical overview of the technology currently available. It combines basic information for the technological novice with sophisticated ideas for using technology in the classroom. Teachers are offered practical ideas and suggestions for ways to use technology to enhance and support students' learning. The authors also examine the implications of the use of technology for language teaching methodology in general.

Language Learning Beyond the Classroom

  • Filename: language-learning-beyond-the-classroom.
  • ISBN: 9781134675739
  • Release Date: 2015-01-30
  • Number of pages: 318
  • Author: David Nunan
  • Publisher: Routledge

This volume presents case studies of language learning beyond the classroom. The studies draw on a wide range of contexts, from North and South America to Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. Each provides principled links between theory, research and practice. While out-of-class learning will not replace the classroom, ultimately all successful learners take control of their own learning. This book shows how teachers can help learners bridge the gap between formal instruction and autonomous language learning. Although English is the primary focus of most chapters, there are studies on a range of other languages including Spanish and Japanese.

Authenticity in the Language Classroom and Beyond

  • Filename: authenticity-in-the-language-classroom-and-beyond.
  • ISBN: 1931185646
  • Release Date: 2010
  • Number of pages: 264
  • Author: Maria Dantas-Whitney
  • Publisher: Teachers of English to

This volume in the TESOL Classroom Practice Series presents instructional practices that are particularly successful with children and adolescent language learners. These practices take into account the unique needs and characteristics of these age groups and reflect a wide range of educational contexts, goals, and challenges from classrooms in the United States, Latin America, Africa, Europe, and Asia. Authenticity is the unifying theme that connects language learning experiences to the everyday lives of young learners. However, the definition of authenticity in ESOL embraced by the authors in this volume is not static or externally imposed by native uses and norms. Rather, authenticity is a dynamic concept that is constantly defined and redefined through interactions among learners, teachers, community members, as well as by our languages in contact, and our larger societal contexts. Through their descriptions and reflections, the authors are able to establish what counts as authentic language in their particular settings.

Brave New Digital Classroom

  • Filename: brave-new-digital-classroom.
  • ISBN: 9781589016521
  • Release Date: 2008
  • Number of pages: 189
  • Author: Robert J. Blake
  • Publisher: Georgetown University Press

Brave New Digital Classroom deftly interweaves results of pedagogical research and descriptions of the most successful computer-assisted language learning (CALL) projects to explore how technology can best be employed in the foreign-language curriculum to assist the second language acquisition process. Directed to all language teachers -- whether at the school or the postsecondary level, with or without prior experience -- this book focuses on how to use new technologies effectively. Blake urges teachers to move beyond a simple functional competence of knowing how to use the tools toward first a critical competence -- realizing what the various tools are good for -- and ultimately a rhetorical competence of knowing how the tools will help transform the learning environment. This book examines the effective use of a range of technologies, from Internet sites through computer-mediated communication such as synchronous chatting and blogs, to distance learning. At the end of each chapter questions and activities demonstrate the interactionist, learner-centered pedagogy Blake espouses. An invaluable reference for experienced researchers and CALL developers as well as those of limited experience, Brave New Digital Classroom is also ideal for graduate-level courses on second language pedagogy. It will also be of interest to department chairs and administrators seeking to develop and evaluate their own CALL programs.

Voices from the Language Classroom

  • Filename: voices-from-the-language-classroom.
  • ISBN: 0521559049
  • Release Date: 1996-02-23
  • Number of pages: 466
  • Author: Kathleen M. Bailey
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This volume is a collection of nineteen original papers written by teachers and researchers about what actually happens in language classrooms, both those in which language is the topic of instruction and those where it functions primarily as the medium of instruction. The authors utilize a variety of research methods, with an emphasis on the collection and analysis of qualitative data. Chapters investigate such issues as language-related anxiety, curriculum renewal, classroom interaction, teachers' on-line decision-making, and sociopolitical concerns which affect life in schools. Among the countries represented in the research are Australia, Hong Kong, Hungary, Japan, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, the Sultanate of Oman, and the United States. --From publisher's description.

Beyond the Classroom

  • Filename: beyond-the-classroom.
  • ISBN: 9780684835754
  • Release Date: 1997-10-17
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Author: Laurence Steinberg
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Offers specific ideas for improving the nation's schools

Beyond Methods

  • Filename: beyond-methods.
  • ISBN: 9780300128796
  • Release Date: 2003
  • Number of pages: 339
  • Author: B. Kumaravadivelu
  • Publisher: Yale University Press

In this work, B. Kumaravadivelu presents a macrostrategic framework designed to help both beginning and experienced language teachers develop a systematic, coherent and personal theory of practice. His book offers to provide the tools a teacher needs in order to self-observe, self-analyze, and self-evaluate his or her own teaching acts.

Using Corpora in the Language Classroom

  • Filename: using-corpora-in-the-language-classroom.
  • ISBN: 9780521769877
  • Release Date: 2010-03-22
  • Number of pages: 104
  • Author: Randi Reppen
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Explains and illustrates how teachers can use corpora to create classroom materials and activities to address specific class needs. Using Corpora in the Language Classroom shows teachers how to use corpora and corpus tools to expand student learning. Together with its companion website, this teacher-friendly book demystifies corpus linguistics with clear explanations, instructions and examples. It provides the essential knowledge, tools, and skills teachers need to enable students to discover how language is really used. Clear and concise, this volume provides: -An overview of corpus linguistics -Clear explanations of terminology -Tasks and activities that invite readers to interact with the material -Principled instructions for creating classroom materials and activities, including how to create corpora to address specific class needs.

Beyond Grammar

  • Filename: beyond-grammar.
  • ISBN: 9781135653538
  • Release Date: 2012-09-10
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: Mary R. Harmon
  • Publisher: Routledge

Beyond Grammar: Language, Power, and the Classroom asks readers to think about the power of words, the power of language attitudes, and the power of language policies as they play out in communities, in educational institutions, and in their own lives as individuals, teachers, and participants in the larger community. Each chapter provides extended discussion of a set of critical language issues that directly affect students in classrooms: the political nature of language, the power of words, hate language and bullying, gender and language, dialects, and language policies. Written for pre-service and practicing teachers, this text addresses how teachers can alert students to the realities of language and power--removing language study from a “neutral” corner to situate it within the context of political, social, and cultural issues. Developing a critical pedagogy about language instruction can help educators understand that classrooms can either maintain existing inequity or address and diminish inequity through critical language study. A common framework structures the chapters of the text: * Each chapter begins with an overview of the language issue in question, and includes references for further research and for classroom use, and provides applications for classroom teachers. * Numerous references to the popular press and the breadth of language issues found therein foreground current thought on socio-cultural language issues, attitudes, standards, and policies found in the culture(s) at large. * References to current and recent events illustrate the language issue’s importance, cartoons address the issue, and brief “For Thought” activities illustrate the point being discussed and extend the reader’s knowledge and awareness. * “Personal Explorations” ask readers to go beyond the text to develop further understanding; “Teaching Explorations” ask teachers to apply chapter content to teaching situations. Beyond Grammar: Language, Power, and the Classroom is intended for undergraduate and master’s level courses that address literacy education, linguistics, and issues of language and culture.

The Skin That We Speak

  • Filename: the-skin-that-we-speak.
  • ISBN: 9781595585844
  • Release Date: 2013-12-13
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: Lisa Delpit
  • Publisher: The New Press

The Skin That We Speak takes the discussion of language in the classroom beyond the highly charged war of idioms and presents today’s teachers with a thoughtful exploration of the varieties of English that we speak, in what Black Issues Book Review calls “an essential text.” Edited by bestselling author Lisa Delpit and education professor Joanne Kilgour Dowdy, the book includes an extended new piece by Delpit herself, as well as groundbreaking work by Herbert Kohl, Gloria Ladson-Billings, and Victoria Purcell-Gates, as well as classic texts by Geneva Smitherman and Asa Hilliard. At a time when children are written off in our schools because they do not speak formal English, and when the class- and race-biased language used to describe those children determines their fate, The Skin That We Speak offers a cutting-edge look at crucial educational issues.

Listening in the Language Classroom

  • Filename: listening-in-the-language-classroom.
  • ISBN: 0521685702
  • Release Date: 2009-01-22
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Author: John Field
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book challenges the orthodox approach to the teaching of second language listening, which is based upon the asking and answering of comprehension questions. The book's central argument is that a preoccupation with the notion of 'comprehension' has led teachers to focus upon the product of listening, in the form of answers to questions, ignoring the listening process itself. The author provides an informed account of the psychological processes which make up the skill of listening, and analyses the characteristics of the speech signal from which listeners have to construct a message. Drawing upon this information, the book proposes a radical alternative to the comprehension approach and provides for intensive small-scale practice in aspects of listening that are perceptually or cognitively demanding for the learner. Listening in the Language Classroom was winner of the Ben Warren International Trust House Prize in 2008.

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