Apr 21

Lessons for teachers from “The King’s Speech”

Posted by ddeubelView Blog kingsOne of the nice things about the small city I moved to recently, is that it has a wonderful theater downtown, minutes from my house. Every Sunday, they have a $5 showing and tonight they showed “The King’s Speech”. Great movie, highly recommend it despite my aversion to “period pieces”, especially …

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Apr 15

A Teacher’s Job and a Teacher’s Duty

A teacher’s job may be getting employment with a school or teaching organisation… and getting paid for it… but a teacher’s duty goes a far cry beyond this… Many teachers waltz into a classroom handing out books and material… asking their students to study texts or lists, repeat and apply them… asking questions and expecting …

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Apr 11

Grammar for Teachers – A Guide to American English for Native and Non-Native Speakers

Authors: DeCapua, Andrea Updated and revised with more examples and expanded discussions, this second edition continues the aim of providing teachers with a solid understanding of the use and function of grammatical structures in American English. The book avoids jargon and presents essential grammatical structures clearly and concisely. Dr. DeCapua approaches grammar from a descriptive …

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Apr 11

The language curriculum: A social contextual perspective by Kathleen Graves

Abstract This article examines curriculum from a social contextual perspective in which enactment – teaching and learning – is the central process, to which planning and evaluation contribute. It looks at the ways two kinds of contexts, target-language embedded and target-language removed, influence language curriculum planning and enactment. It provides a brief history of syllabus …

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Apr 11

Handbook of Psycholinguistics (2nd Edition)

Edited by:Matthew J. Traxler and Morton A. Gernsbacher With Psycholinguistics in its fifth decade of existence, the second edition of the Handbook of Psycholinguistics represents a comprehensive survey of psycholinguistic theory, research and methodology, with special emphasis on the very best empirical research conducted in the past decade. Thirty leading experts have been brought together …

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Apr 11

Teaching and Researching: Reading (2nd Edition)

By William Peter Grabe, Fredricka L. Stoller Teaching and Researching Reading was first written to help language professionals understand the complex nature of reading. Now in a thoroughly updated and improved second edition, the book expands connections from research on reading to instructional practices and teacher-initiated action research. Offering an updated overview of reading theory, …

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Apr 11

Identity, Motivation and Autonomy in Language Learning

Edited by: Garold Murray, Xuesong Gao, Terry Lamb In this volume researchers from Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North and South America employ a variety of theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches in their exploration of the links between identity, motivation, and autonomy in language learning. On a conceptual level the authors explore issues related …

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Apr 11

Intensive Exposure Experiences in Second Language Learning

Edited by: Carmen Muñoz This volume brings together studies dealing with second language learning in contexts that provide intensive exposure to the target language. In doing so, it highlights the role of intensive exposure as a critical distinctive characteristic in the comparison of learning processes and outcomes from different learning contexts: naturalistic and foreign language …

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Apr 11

Insights into Non-native Vocabulary Teaching and Learning

Edited by: Rubén Chacón-Beltrán, Christian Abello-Contesse, María del Mar Torreblanca-López In a field like L2 vocabulary teaching and learning where interest and research studies are burgeoning, this book offers a useful collection of papers that contains new ways of investigating vocabulary development, techniques for vocabulary teaching such as the Focus on Form hypothesis, word associations, …

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Apr 11

Trends in qualitative research in language teaching since 2000 by Keith Richards

This paper reviews developments in qualitative research in language teaching since the year 2000, focusing on its contributions to the field and identifying issues that emerge. Its aims are to identify those areas in language teaching where qualitative research has the greatest potential and indicate what needs to be done to further improve the quality …

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