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This authoritative A-Z resource features 160 entries and 35 overview chapters on contemporary and historical language teaching throughout the world.

The entries, by international specialists, cover teaching in particular countries and in a range of specific languages. Themes covered include:

* methods and materials

* assessment and testing

* contexts and concepts

* related disciplines, such as psychology and sociolinguistics

The encyclopedia also covers the teaching of languages in countries around the world, and deals with a wide range of specific languages such as Japanese, Chinese, and Arabic, as well as English, French, German and Spanish.

With thematic contents list and detailed index, this is an essential resource for professionals and students.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
While created primarily for language teachers, this encyclopedia is helpful to anyone interested in language. Entries from just a few lines or up to 3000 words range from acculturation and bilingual education to interpreting and total physical response (a language teaching method). The varying writing styles of contributors offer diversity and international scope. Many entries end with references and further reading lists. Readers who wish to know about a particular language issue may look in the thematic list of contents for the headword, go straight to the alphabetically arranged entries, or check the index. Editor Byram (modern languages, Univ. of Durham, UK) has expertise in this area, having authored Teaching and Assessing Intercultural Communicative Competence and Language Learning in Intercultural Perspective. Recommended for teacher college collections and for academic and public libraries serving language teachers and educators. Leroy Hommerding, Fort Myers Beach P.L. Dist., FL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
A reference for language teachers that analyzes the body of knowledge and skills of the profession and provides information on everyday matters such as the meanings of acronyms and the origins and purposes of professional organizations. Entries cover the teaching of specific languages as well as the teaching of languages in specific countries. The editor, Byram (education, U. of Durham, UK), writes that although the work could not be exhaustive, it does attempt to include traditions other than the Anglo- American. The reference is organized alphabetically and also has a list of contents (showing main entries grouped by theme) and an index of key words. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Recommended by Choice, June 2013.

Praise for the second edition

"This second edition offers an authoritative up-to-date view of global and multidisciplinary perspectives in language teaching and learning. The editors have met the mammoth challenge of bringing together a wide range of top-flight scholarship into a single comprehensive volume. The result is an indispensible guide for students, teachers and scholars worldwide. Bravo!" Sandra J. Savignon, Pennsylvania State University, USA

"It is exciting to see a new edition of the well-regarded and useful Routledge Encyclopedia of Language Teaching and Learning. The second edition features updated entries, new topics, and several editorial enhancements that make this already-helpful single-volume encyclopedia even easier to use. Covering a wide range of historical, geographical, conceptual, and empirical ground related to language teaching and learning worldwide, the entries are just the right length—short enough to be accessible in a busy world, yet long enough to provide a sufficient scholarly overview of the relevant topic. The references and suggested reading that accompany the near-200 entries, as well as the cross-listing of topics within the volume, all provide immediate places for the reader to go for further study. For audiences that range from students to classroom teachers to researchers, from novices in the field to those with extensive experience, and from those who want a quick overview of an unfamiliar term or concept to those who wish to spend time exploring the numerous interconnections among topics within the volume, the second edition of the Routledge Encyclopedia of Language Teaching and Learning will prove to be a valuable asset." George C. Bunch, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA

"The Routledge Encyclopedia of Language Teaching and Learning is a ‘must-have’ for anyone with an interest in this area. Whilst the first edition was very good, the second is even better. Once picked up, it is extremely difficult to put down. The coverage is comprehensive. The structure is user-friendly. The writing is accessible. The references and suggestions for further reading have been brought right up to date. This new edition should feature on the book shelves of every undergraduate, postgraduate, teacher and University lecturer. The support it offers is first class and serves as a very helpful launch-pad into almost any language-related topic." Gary Chambers, University of Leeds, UK

Praise for the first edition

"This encyclopedia is valuable for many different purposes. Most of its entries read easily which is a definite plus for this kind of book. It is a rich source of knowledge and reference material for professionals within language teaching ... I would not hesitate to use some entries as background texts for a graduate course in second language acquisition. But most entries in this encyclopedia do not need to be taught: they will draw the interested reader in on their own merits." Sigrid Dentler

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415120852
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 736
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Byram is Professor Emeritus in the School of Education at the University of Durham, UK.

Adelheid Hu is Professor for Multilingual Learning and Literacies at the University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg.

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Table of Contents

Entries by experts from countries on six continents include:

* acculturation * adult learners * American Standards for Foreign Language Learning * authenticity * bilingual education * cognitive code theory * content-based instruction * distance learning * Esperanto * gender and language learning * group work * intensive courses * natural approach * non-verbal communication * proficiency movement * questioning techniques * tandem learning * task-based teaching and testing * total physical response * and much more.

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