Understanding The Language Classroom

Paperback | March 15, 2009

EditorSimon Gieve

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In this book, an international panel of experts in TESOL address key questions about the teacher and learner experience posed in chapter 1 by a star researcher, very well known in the ELT field, Dick Allwright. Teachers` and students` own understandings of classroom dynamics are put centre-stage rather than more `technical` or `instrumental` strategies. This work offers a coherent approach as a result of the contributors responding to a common document. The dynamics of the whole `classroom experience` of both teachers and learners is now recognized as crucial for motivation and successful learning, but this is the first book to look critically at a number of approaches. The starting point for this collection is a chapter by Dick Allwright on the language learning and teaching classroom experience entitled Six Promising Directions in Applied Linguistics. The other distinguished contributors respond to this discussion with their own interpretations and from their own experience. The collection problematizes prescription, efficiency, and technical solutions as orientations to classroom language learning. Complexity and idiosyncrasy, on the other hand, are recognized as central concepts in a move towards centralizing teachers` and learners` own understanding of `classroom life`, in the contexts of language learning, adult literacy education and language teacher education.

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In this book, an international panel of experts in TESOL address key questions about the teacher and learner experience posed in chapter 1 by a star researcher, very well known in the ELT field, Dick Allwright. Teachers` and students` own understandings of classroom dynamics are put centre-stage rather than more `technical` or `instrum...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.8 × 5.9 × 0.12 inPublished:March 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230206956

ISBN - 13:9780230206953

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'Once in a while you come across an edited volume that is hard to put down. Understanding the Language Classroom is one such rare volume...you will soon find yourself wanting to read evermore, for the views expressed in this volume are as diverse as the sixteen individuals that contributed to the wealth of information contained in this well-crafted work...it is an important addition to anyone's list of edited volumes on second languages and the complexity of learning, and I recommend it most highly...' - The Reading Matrix