The Experience of Language Teaching

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 23, 2006 - Foreign Language Study
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Through the words of more than 100 practising language teachers, The Experience of Language Teaching provides a detailed picture of teaching and learning in communicative classrooms. Using a teacher-generated framework it covers a range of aspects of classroom life: how teachers create environments suitable for language practice, how they get students 'on-side', how they manage tricky students, how they enhance the learning experience, how they develop and maintain a spirit of community. The book demonstrates how paying attention to both the learning and social needs of their class groups enables language teachers to behave in flexible ways that promote learning. This book will be of interest to teachers, teacher educators, researchers and to anyone interested in finding out what it is like to be a language teacher at the present time. The Experience of Language Teaching was winner of the Ben Warren International Trust House Prize in 2005.

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Establishing a framework for the book
Training to be a language teacher
Becoming a committed language teacher
Establishing the learning environment
The diversity of the language classroom
Managing individuals
Teaching flexibly
Vitalising the language class
Maintaining the classroom community
Frustrations and rewards
What drives language teachers
Towards a teachergenerated theory of classroom

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Page 294 - Journal of Verbal Learning and Verbal Behavior 18: 275-90 Stein EW 1997 A look at expertise from a social perspective. In: Feltovich PJ, Ford KM, Hoffman RR (eds.) Expertise in Context: Human and Machine. AAAI/MIT Press, Menlo Park, CA, pp.
Page xii - This book would not have been possible without the input and support of a number of people. First and foremost, I would like to express my sincere thanks to all the teachers who provided data for this book.
Page 294 - Converse, TM 1997. Experience and expertise: The role of memory in planning for opportunities. In Feltovich, PJ, Ford, KM and Hoffman, RR (eds.) Expertise in context.

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