Principles of Language Learning and Teaching

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Pearson Longman, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 410 pages
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"Principles of Language Learning and Teaching, " Fifth Edition, by H. Douglas Brown, is the classic second language acquisition text used by teacher education programs worldwide. "Principles" introduces key concepts through definitions of terms, thought-provoking questions, charts, and spiraling. New "Classroom Connections" encourage students to consider the implications of research for classroom pedagogy. An up-to-date bibliography and new glossary provide quick access to important works and key terminology in the field. The fifth edition takes a comprehensive look at foundations of language teaching through discussions of the latest research in the field, including:
  • Vygotsky's and Bakhtin's theories
  • Thorndike's law of effect
  • error treatment, noticing, recasts
  • intercultural communication
  • language policy and politics
  • corpus linguistics
  • "hot topics" in SLA
  • connectionism and emergentism
  • flow theory, willingness to communicate
  • strategies-based instruction
  • contrastive rhetoric
  • attribution theory, self-efficacy
  • output hypothesis
Also by H. Douglas Brown: "Teaching by Principles: An Interactive Approach to Language PedagogyLanguage Assessment: Principles and Classroom PracticesStrategies for Success: A Practical Guide to Learning English"

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This textbook is required for an upcoming course in "Second Language Acquisition." And as a textbook I am sure it will present all of the needful knowledge necessary for becoming a ESL teacher someday ... Read full review

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This was the book I read thoroughly once I was getting my EFL certificate from Cavendish College of England. Now I would like to re-read parts of it to help me in writing my own book. Read full review

About the author (2007)

Dr. H. Douglas Brown - Professor Emeritus of the MA-TESOL program at San Francisco State University. A past president of TESOL and recipient of the James E. Alatis Award for Distinguished Service, he has authored many books and articles and is a frequent presenter at world conferences.

Before coming to SFSU, Dr. Brown was Professor and Director of the Division of ESL at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, and previous to that, a faculty member at the University of Michigan, where he also served as Acting Director of the English Language Institute for three years.

Dr. Brown was the 1980-81 President of International TESOL. In 2001, he was the recipient of TESOL's James E. Alatis Award for Distinguished Service. In 2005, he was honored to receive the Distinguished Service Award from SFSU's Office of International Programs.

His numerous professional publications include: Principles of Language Learning and Teaching (5th ed.); Teaching by Principles: An Interactive Approach to Language Pedagogy (3rd ed.); Language Assessment: Principles and Classroom Practices (2nd ed.); and Readings on Second Language Acquisition (co-edited with Susan Gonzo). He has co-authored several ESL textbooks: Strategies for Success, Challenges, the ESL basal series Vistas, and Voyages (international). From 1970-1978, Dr. Brown served as Editor of the journal Language Learning.

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