Communicative Language Teaching

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Xlibris Corporation, Oct 1, 2005 - Education - 80 pages
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In this thoughtful and comprehensive book, Ryofu Pussel draws on his more than eight years of teaching German and English to speakers of other languages, as well as his Master of Education degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Australia, providing a comprehensive explanation and critical analysis of the concept of communicative foreign language teaching and learning. Written in a clear style and assuming no prior knowledge, this book provides a fresh and fascinating insight into the theory and practice of communicative language teaching. This book will be appreciated by teachers, students, and scholars alike.
In the first two chapters of this book, the historical context of language teaching and learning, as well as a description and comparison of language learning and teaching theories will be looked at. Six chapters are concerned with the course design of a communicative foreign language teaching: pre-course planning, the Student Needs Analysis, planning and specifying content, methodology, programming a unit, and sequencing the four macroskills (listening, speaking, reading and writing). This builds the 'base" of communicative language teaching, and it is followed by an analysis of the bottom-up and top-down approaches of teaching, reading, spelling, and writing lessons; the benefits and drawbacks of process-writing will be looked at in detail, and a practical classroom application shall bring the findings into an applied context . Assessment and evaluation form an important part of communicative language teaching and learning, and are therefore analysed in detail. A summary brings all findings together, and a syllabus outline of the followingtopics demonstrates that the theoretical findings of this book can be applied into real, practical examples of classroom teaching: Talk about yourself, talk about your family, occupations, art, entertainment / cinema / video, accommodation and hotels (travel), reading maps / directions / transport, music, food and drink, socializing, media (TV /radio / newspaper / magazines), shopping, weather, sports, health, talking about stars, and talking about past experiences. Methodology is put into practical application by providing a complete sample lesson plan (unit: weather). A complete index and reference list shall enable the interested reader to engage into further studies of this topic.
Contents
Introduction
Historical Context of Language Teaching and Learning
Description and Comparison of Theories of Language Teaching and Learning
Course Design: Pre-Course Planning
Course Design: Student Needs Analysis
Course Design: Planning and Specifying Contents
Course Design: Methodology
Course Design: Programming a Unit
Explanation and Practical Example
Course Design: Sequencing the Macroskills
Bottom-Up and Top-Down Approaches
Reading and Spelling
Writing: Benefits and Drawbacks of Process-Writing
Practical Classroom Application
Assessment and Evaluation
Summary
Syllabus Outline
Unit: Talk about yourself
Unit: Talk about your family
Unit: Occupations
Unit: Art
Unit: Entertainment / cinema / video
Unit: Accommodation and hotels (travel)
Unit: Reading maps / directions / transport
Unit: Music
Unit: Food and drink
Unit: Socializing
Unit: Media (TV /radio / newspaper / magazines)
Unit: Shopping
Unit: Weather
Unit: Sports
Unit: Health
Unit: Let's talk about stars Unit: Past experiences
Methodology: Sample Lesson Plan
Lesson Plan
Reference

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