Interactive Language Teaching

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Wilga M. Rivers
Cambridge University Press, Feb 27, 1987 - Foreign Language Study - 228 pages
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In this collection of essays, a distinguished group of innovative teachers and writers describe the approaches and techniques they have incorporated into their own teaching. The articles are designed to help classroom teachers make language classes more participatory and communication oriented. Successive articles deal with the structure of interaction in large and small groups: imaginative activities for listening, speaking, reading, writing, and testing; the use of poetry, song, and drama; how to perform grammar rules rather than recite them; the special contribution of authentic materials; using audio and video as well as computer software to enhance learning, tapping the community as a resource; learning to interact in different cultural styles; and preparing the student for real-life professional use of language. Teachers of any language and teachers in training will find in this volume a wealth of original and practical ideas for the classroom.
  

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Contents

Interaction as the key to teaching language
3
Interactive discourse in small and large groups
17
imaginative activities for
33
Interactive oral grammar exercises
57
Interaction of reader and text
70
an interactive experience
83
time to be a test pilot
124
Culturally diverse speech styles
141
varying the medium in language
155
using the community
170
Interaction in the computer age
177
Preparing the language student for professional
194
Bibliography
211
Index
219
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Wilga M. Rivers is professor of Romance languages and coordinator of languages instruction at Harvard University.

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