Shrum (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State U.) and Glisan (Indiana U, of Pennsylvania) assert that the purpose of language is to provide meaning in a variety of contexts. In this handbook for foreign language teachers they define these contexts in terms of input, output and interaction, and apply them to goals for learning. The describe developing content and planning for integrated instruction, connecting language learning to elementary and middle school curricula, using interactive and story-based approaches, developing oral and written communication, and addressing diverse learner needs. They examine assessing standards-based language performance in context and applying technology to its best purpose. In this edition they include new information about cultural adaptability, assessment, standards and resources, provide new case studies, and offer a free web site with information and activities. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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About the Author
Judith L. Shrum earned her Ph. D. from The Ohio State University and an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. She is professor emerita at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where she directed the Second Language Teacher Education program for 31 years until her retirement in 2012. She was awarded the ACTFL-NYSAFLT Anthony Papalia Award for Excellence in Teacher Education in 2008. Currently, she is the coordinator for ACTFL to the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
Eileen W. Glisan earned her Ph.D. in Applied Spanish Linguistics and Teaching Methodology from the University of Pittsburgh. She is Distinguished University Professor of Spanish and Foreign Language Education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she is coordinator of the Spanish Education K-12 Program. She is the recipient of various awards, including the 2008 Nelson H. Brooks Award for Outstanding Leadership in the Profession by the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. She is past president of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).