An Introduction to Foreign Language Learning and Teaching / Edition 2

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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. 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.

The book covers both theoretical and practical aspects of the field and provides suggestions throughout for discussion and workshop activities. Matters related to classroom and task-based teaching are dealt with at length, making the book suitable for use on practical training courses, especially where a degree of theoretical background is also required. 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.

In this age of unfettered global communication the teaching and learning of foreign languages have never been more important. An Introduction to Foreign Language Teaching and Learning will give you the head start you need to get ahead of the field.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"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: 9781405836173
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/30/2011
  • Series: Learning about Language Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 6.75 (w) x 9.46 (h) x 0.86 (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


1. Five learners and five methods

2. What is there to learn?

3. Some views of language and language learning


4. Learners and their errors

5. Input, interaction and output

6. Some learning processes

7. Individual language learners: some differences

8. Good language learners and what they do


9. Language teaching: a brisk walk through recent times

10. Contexts

11. Plans and programmes

12. Ways and means

13. Skills

14. Tests

15. When all has been said: preparing and managing lessons

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