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This is a comprehensive and practical introduction to central themes in the principle and practice of Teaching English as a foreign/second Language. It is written both for teachers and for those taking professional courses in ELT.
The first part, focused on the principles on which current methods and materials are based, explores such topics as educational frameworks: the communicative approach; post-communicative trends in syllabus and materials design and the evaluation and adaptation of materials.
Part Two relates these principles to individual language skills. It shows how theories concerned with the development of reading, speaking, listening and writing have affected the design and use of teaching materials. The final part of the book examines different methods available to teachers for organizing and managing the ELT classroom, discussing group and pair work; individualization; classroom observation and the teacher's role in the contemporary ELT context.
About the Author
Jo McDonough and Christopher Shaw are respectively Director and Senior Teaching Fellow in the EFL Unit of the Department of Language and Linguistics of the University of Essex.
Table of Contents
List of Figures vii
Preface to the Third Edition ix
Part I Topics in the Design of Materials and Methods 1
1 The Framework of Materials and Methods 3
2 Current Approaches to Materials and Methods 17
3 Evaluating ELT Materials 50
4 Adapting Materials 63
5 Technology in ELT 79
Part II Teaching Language Skills 107
6 Reading Skills 109
7 Listening Skills 135
8 Speaking Skills 156
9 Writing Skills 181
10 Integrated Skills 201
Part III Aspects of Classroom Methods 225
11 Groupwork and Pairwork 227
12 Individualization, Self-access and Learner Training 245
13 Observing the Language Classroom 268
14 Views of the Teacher 288