About Language: Tasks for Teachers of English

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 13, 1997 - Foreign Language Study - 269 pages
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Teachers of English need not only to have a good productive command of the language; they also need to know a good deal about the way the language works. This book asks: 'What is it that a teacher needs to know about English in order to teach it effectively?' It leads teachers to awareness of the language through a wide range of tasks which involve them in analysing English to discover its underlying system. The book consists of 28 units, each containing around ten tasks, plus a diagnostic introductory unit. Units start at phoneme level and progress through words, phrases and sentences on to complete texts. Task-types include recognition, categorisation, matching, explanation, and application tasks. Throughout the book, the language is illustrated wherever possible from authentic sources, so that the teacher can be sure that the English being studied represents current usage.
 

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Contents

Introductory unit
3
Language standards and rules
7
Language systems and syllabuses
11
Forms functions notions texts
16
An introduction to phonology
20
The consonants
22
The vowels
27
Stress rhythm and connected speech
33
Forms functions notions texts
152
An introduction to phonology
156
The consonants vii
159
The vowels
161
11
162
Stress rhythm and connected speech
165
Intonation
169
Word formation spelling and word stress
173

Intonation
39
Word formation spelling and word stress
43
Lexical meaning
49
Word classes and phrases
54
the simple sentence
57
the complex sentence
61
Negatives and questions
66
The verb phrase
70
Time and tense
74
Progressive aspect
79
Perfect aspect
82
Modality
85
Futurity
89
Hypothetical meaning and conditionals
94
The noun phrase
98
Determiners
103
Adjectives and adverbs
109
Prepositions and phrasal verbs
114
Cohesion
120
Texts
126
Conversations
131
Key and commentaries
137
Introductory unit
138
MAUJNH Language standards and rules
144
Language systems and syllabuses
149
Lexical meaning
177
Word classes and phrases
181
the simple sentence
183
the complex sentence
188
Negatives and questions
194
The verb phrase
197
16
202
Progressive aspect
207
Perfect aspect
209
Modality
212
20
215
Futurity
217
Hypothetical meaning and conditionals
221
22
225
Determiners
232
Adjectives and adverbs
236
27
240
Prepositions and phrasal verbs
241
Cohesion
246
Texts
251
Conversations
256
Bibliography
263
82
266
159
267
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Scott Thornbury is Associate Professor on the MA TESOL program at the New School in New York, and has an MA (TEFL) from the University of Reading. His previous experience includes teaching and training in Egypt, UK, Spain, and in his native New Zealand. He has written extensively on areas of language and methodology, his most recent books being Beyond the Sentence: An Introduction to Discourse Analysis and An A-Z of ELT, Natural Grammar, which won a British Council ELT Innovations Award in 2004, and Grammar, which earned a special mention in the English Speaking Union awards for 2006; Conversation: From Description to Pedagogy (with Diana Slade, Cambridge University Press) and The CELTA Course (with Peter Watkins, Cambridge University Press). He is currently the series editor of the Cambridge Handbooks for Language Teachers (CUP). He divides his time between New York and Barcelona.

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