Individual Freedom in Language Teaching: Language Education and Applied Linguistics

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OUP Oxford, Apr 26, 2001 - Foreign Language Study - 207 pages
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Starting from the premise that each person develops a unique and personal code for communication, Christopher Brumfit examines the roles of teachers and learners and the approaches that education professionals should develop in support of learners. The book draws upon linguistic, psychological, philosophical, and sociolinguistic principles and uses practical examples from second, foreign, and mother tongue teaching. It attempts to integrate theoretical and empirical work with the practical needs of institutions and of teachers without losing sight of learners' needs for free personal choice combined with effective communication. Drawing upon the author's extensive experience in the field, it considers the roles of literature and culture, as well as language policy in relation to learners' rights, and attempts to outline a humane and realistic philosophy for language teaching.
 

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Contents

Understanding and the acquisition of knowledge
21
Simplification and the teacher
33
Teaching communicative competence
47
Language culture and English for Academic Purposes
55
coherence or chaos
65
Literature power and the canon
87
Assessing literary competence
93
British cultural studies
105
Teaching English as a world language
115
The English language and language rights
127
Research in the language classroom
145
Teaching researching and knowledge
159
Educational linguistics applied linguistics and the study
167
Bibliography
189
Index
201
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Christopher Brumfit is Professor of Education with reference to Language and Linguistics, Head of the Research and Graduate School of Education, and Director of the Centre for Language in Education at the University of Southampton, UK.

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