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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Contents

Establishing a framework for the book
14
Training to be a language teacher
36
Becoming a committed language teacher
55
Establishing the learning environment
79
The diversity of the language classroom
103
Managing individuals
119
Teaching flexibly
140
Vitalising the language class
168
Maintaining the classroom community
199
Frustrations and rewards
228
What drives language teachers
246
Towards a teachergenerated theory of classroom
270
References
289
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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.

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