Teaching English to Second Language Learners in Academic Contexts: Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking provides the fundamental knowledge that ESL and EFL teachers need to teach the four language skills. This foundational text, written by internationally renowned experts in the field, explains why skills-based teaching is at the heart of effective instruction in English for academic purposes (EAP) contexts. Each of the four main sections of the book helps readers understand how each skill-reading, writing, listening, and speaking-works and explains what research has to say about successful skill performance. Pedagogically focused chapters apply this information to principles for EAP curriculum design and to instructional activities and tasks adaptable in a wide range of language-learning contexts. Options for assessment and the role of digital technologies are considered for each skill, and essential information on integrated-skill instruction is provided. Moving from theory to practice, this teacher-friendly text is an essential resource for courses in TESOL programs, for in-service teacher-training seminars, and for practicing EAP teachers who want to upgrade their teaching abilities and knowledge bases.
About the Author
Jonathan M. Newton is Associate Professor and Director of the MA TESOL program at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
Dana R. Ferris is Professor of Writing and Associate Director of ESL at the University of California, Davis, USA.
Christine C. M. Goh is Professor of Linguistics and Language Education at the National Institute of Education at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
William Grabe is Regents’ Professor of Applied Linguistics at Northern Arizona University, USA.
Fredricka L. Stoller is Professor of English and Applied Linguistics at Northern Arizona University, USA.
Larry Vandergrift was Professor Emeritus from the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute at the University of Ottawa, Canada.
Table of Contents
1. Teaching Language Skills in EAP Contexts
Section 1: Introduction to Reading
2. How Reading Comprehension Works
3. Building an Effective Reading Curriculum: Guiding Principles
4. Reading: Instructional Activities and Assessment Options
Section 2: Introduction to writing
5. Writing in a Second Language
6. Building a Writing Curriculum and Developing Strategic Writers
7. Writing: Instructional Activities, Feedback, and Assessment Options
Section 3: Introduction to Listening
8. How Listening Comprehension Works
9. Building a Listening Curriculum
10. Listening: Instructional activities and assessment options
Section 4: Introduction to Speaking
11. Speaking in a Second Language
12. Building an Effective Speaking Curriculum: Guiding Principles
13. Speaking: Instructional Activities and Assessment Options
14. Language Skill Development and EAP: A Reflection on Seven Key Themes