Developing Professional-Level Language Proficiency by Betty Lou LeaverDeveloping Professional-Level Language Proficiency by Betty Lou Leaver

Developing Professional-Level Language Proficiency

EditorBetty Lou Leaver, Boris Shekhtman

Paperback | October 28, 2002

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This book examines approaches to teaching students who aim to make the leap from "advanced" or "superior" proficiency in a foreign language to "near-native" ability. While there are an abundance of publications on classroom techniques and methods for lower levels of instruction, almost nothing exists about the transition, which is vital for those who intend to use foreign languages in high-level arenas. Compiled by leading practitioners in this area of foreign language teaching, the book fills the gap for those developing programs at the "advanced to distinguished" level.
Boris Vladimirovich Shekhtman was born on April 8, 1939. He grew up in Kiev, Ukraine. He received a master's degree in Russian language from the Grozny Pedagogical Institute (now part of Chechen State University). He arrived in the United States in 1979. He taught at the Foreign Service Institute before starting Specialized Language Tr...
Title:Developing Professional-Level Language ProficiencyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:324 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.67 inPublished:October 28, 2002Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521016851

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Table of Contents

Foreword Richard Brecht; Part I. Principles, Practices, and Theory: 1. Principles and practices in teaching superior-level students: not just more of the same Betty Lou Leaver and Boris Shekhtman; 2. Toward academic-level foreign language abilities: reconsidering foundational assumptions, expanding pedagogical options Heidi Byrnes; Part II. Programs: 3. Contexts for advanced language learning : a report on an immersion institute Heidi Byrnes; 4. Bridging the gap between language for general purposes and language for work: an intensive superior-level language/skill course for teachers, translators, and interpreters Claudia Angelelli and Christian Degueldre; 5. Learning Chinese in China: programs for developing superior- to distinguished-level Chinese language proficiency in China and Taiwan Cornelius C. Kubler; 6. Developing professional-level oral proficiency: the Shekhtman method of teaching communication Boris Shekhtman and Betty Lou Leaver with Natalia Lord, Ekaterina Kuznetsova, and Elena Ovtcharenko; 7. The reading four project: applied technology at the higher levels of foreign language acquisition Catherine W. Ingold; 8. In the quest for level 4+ in Arabic: training level 2-3 learners in independent reading Elsaid Badawi; 9. Teaching high-level writing skills in English at a Danish University Tim Caudery; 10. Heritage speakers as learners at the superior level: differences and similarities between Spanish and Russian student populations Claudia Angelelli and Olga Kagan; 11. Teaching Russian language teachers in eight Summer institutes in Russian language and culture Zita Dabars and Olga Kagan; Part III. Learners: 12. Understanding the student at the superior-distinguished threshold Madeline Ehrman; 13. Achieving multilingualism: preliminary findings from a study of twenty distinguished-level language users Betty Lou Leaver and Sabine Atwell.

Editorial Reviews

"Leaver and Shekhtman's volume is a groundbreaking collection of 13 articles that explore important issues and set a research agenda for more work in this area...a 'must-read' for every language professional." Slavic and East European Journal