An Introduction to Foreign Language Learning and Teaching

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An Introduction to Foreign Language Learning and Teaching presents an engaging, student friendly guide to the fields of foreign language learning and teaching. Aimed at students beginning their study of these fields, the book provides essential background information and deals with language learning and teaching in a clear and comprehensible way. Attention is also given to practical matters related to classroom teaching.

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Overview

An Introduction to Foreign Language Learning and Teaching presents an engaging, student friendly guide to the fields of foreign language learning and teaching. Aimed at students beginning their study of these fields, the book provides essential background information and deals with language learning and teaching in a clear and comprehensible way. Attention is also given to practical matters related to classroom teaching.

The book covers both theoretical and practical aspects of the field and provides suggestions throughout for discussion and workshop activities. Although most of the examples used deal with English as a foreign language, the book offers a suitable introduction for teachers of any foreign language.

About the Author:
Keith Johnson is Professor of Linguistics and Language Education at Lancaster University

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"a very fine book...well-informed and coherent"
ELT Journal "

"...a soundly written text that would be very appropriate for prospective FL teachers at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. The content is appropriate, uncomplicated, and engaging."
The Modern Language Journal

˜Unique in providing both an in-depth but very reader-friendly guide to the theoretical background of the subject, and at the same time linking this closely to a thorough and up-to-date treatment of the related practice."

Dr. Alan Waters, Lancaster University

˜This is a comprehensive and authoritative work, reflecting many years of experience and expertise in the field of language teaching."

Linda Altshul, University of Salford

"This revised edition contains all the elements of the "perfectt" eacher training text."

Sylvia Helmer, University of British Columbia

"Keith Johnson has provided a refreshing, honest, engaging, and sometimes outspoken contribution to our understanding of learning and teaching a foreign language."

Dr Steve Mann, Centre for English Language Teacher Education, University of Warwick

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780582290860
  • Publisher: Pearson ESL
  • Publication date: 3/12/2001
  • Series: Learning About Language Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.19 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Keith Johnson is currently Professor of Linguistics and Language Education at Lancaster University. He is one of the founding members of the Centre for Applied Language Studies at the University of Reading. He has written widely on all aspects of language learning and teaching.

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Table of Contents


Author's acknowledgements     viii
Publisher's acknowledgements     ix
Background     1
Five learners and five methods     3
What is there to learn?     13
Some views of language and language learning     38
Learning     57
Learners and their errors     59
Acquisition: some characteristics     75
Acquisition: some theories     89
Learning ... and acquisition again     104
Individual language learners: some differences     116
Good language learners and what they do     139
Teaching     159
Language teaching: a brisk walk through recent times     161
Contexts     197
Plans     211
Ways and means     236
Skills     269
Tests     291
References     315
Index     328
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