The Language Teaching Matrix

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 23, 1990 - Foreign Language Study - 185 pages
For use in courses on language teaching methodology and teacher preparation, this book also serves as an invaluable source for courses in language curriculum development, materials development, and teaching practice. The author views effective language teaching as a network of interactions involving the curriculum, methodology, the teacher, the learner, and instructional materials (hence the metaphor of a matrix). Each chapter discusses and examines the theoretical and practical dimensions of a central issue in language teaching. Among the topics covered are curriculum development, designing instructional materials, teaching listening, speaking, reading and writing, the nature of effective teaching, self-monitoring in teacher development, and language and content. Richards presents key issues in an accessible and highly readable style, and shows how teachers and teachers-in-training can be involved in the investigation of classroom teaching and learning. The emphasis is not on prescriptions but rather on developing effective teaching through understanding the various factors that interact in second language learning and in the second language classroom.
 

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Contents

Curriculum development in second language teaching
1
Beyond methods
35
Designing instructional materials for teaching listening
50
approaches to the teaching
67
A profile of an effective reading teacher
87
writing in a second
100
selfmonitoring in teacher
118
approaches to curriculum alignment
144
a look toward the future
163
Index
177
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