Focus on Form in Classroom Second Language Acquisition

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 28, 1998 - Education - 301 pages
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This volume examines theoretical foundations, empirical research, and pedagogical implementations of focus on form. Traditional language teaching can result in limited fluency, whereas communicative approaches tend to produce fluency with less accuracy. This book presents a potential solution to this dilemma. The paperback edition respects students' "internal linguistic syllabus" by drawing their attention to problematic linguistic features during communicative activities, thus providing an alternative to methodologies that treat accuracy and fluency separately. This volume examines theoretical foundations, empirical research, and a range of possible pedagogical implementations.
 

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Contents

Issues and terminology
1
Theory research and practice
15
Cognitive perspectives
42
Focus on form through conscious reflection
64
A typographical input
85
Communicative focus on form
114
What kind of focus and on which forms?
139
acquisition
156
The importance of timing in focus on form
177
Pedagogical choices in focus on form
197
References
263
Author index
287
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