Teaching Language in Context

ISBN-10: 0838417051

ISBN-13: 9780838417058

Edition: 3rd 2001 (Revised)

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Book details

List price: $191.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Cengage Heinle
Publication date: 10/18/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 512
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.958
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgments
On Knowing a Language: Communicative Competence, Proficiency, and the Standards for Foreign Language Learning
Introduction
Defining Language Proficiency
Proficiency and Language Acquisition Theory
Some Research Findings about Oral Proficiency
Issues in Language Proficiency Assessment: Caveats, Clarifications, and New Directions
Defining the Content of Instruction: Standards for Foreign Language Learning
Summary: On Knowing a Language
Activities for Review and Discussion
References
On Learning a Language: Some Theoretical Perspectives
Introduction
Exploring Theories of Language Learning
The Role of Individual Learner Factors in Second-Language Learning
Relating Theory to Practice: Some Considerations
Summary: On Learning a Language
Activities for Review and Discussion
References
On Teaching a Language: Principles and Priorities in Methodology
Orienting Instruction toward Proficiency
The Proficiency Orientation of Existing Methodologies: A Preliminary Appraisal
Three "Traditional" Methods
Reactions to Audiolingualism: Two Mentalist Perspectives
A Functional Approach: Communicative Language Teaching
Modern Adaptations of the Direct Method
Humanistic Approaches to Language Teaching
Summary: On Teaching a Language
Activities for Review and Discussion
References
The Role of Context in Comprehension and Learning
The Importance of Context and Background Knowledge in the Comprehension Process: Some Theoretical Considerations
Research on the Role of Context in Comprehension
The Role of Computers in Providing Richer Contexts for Language Learning
Integrating Language and Content: Immersion and Content-Based Instruction
Summary: The Role of Context in Comprehension and Learning
Activities for Review and Discussion
References
A Proficiency-Oriented Approach to Listening and Reading
A Rationale for Teaching Listening and Reading
Similarities in Listening and Reading
Differences between Spoken and Written Discourse
Integrating Listening, Reading, and the Productive Skills: The Vision of the Standards for Foreign Language Learning
Teaching Listening Comprehension
Sample Formats for Listening Comprehension
Teaching Reading Comprehension
Sample Formats for Reading Comprehension
Summary: A Proficiency-Oriented Approach to Listening and Reading
Activities for Review and Discussion
References
Developing Oral Proficiency
The Nature of Interlanguage
Planning Instruction for the Development of Oral Proficiency
Responding to the Learner
Summary: Developing Oral Proficiency
Activities for Review and Discussion
References
Becoming Proficient in Writing
Approaches to Teaching Writing at the Lower Levels of Proficiency
Expressive Writing at the Intermediate and Advanced Levels: Approaches to Teaching the Composing Process
Summary: Becoming Proficient in Writing
Activities for Review and Discussion
References
Teaching for Cultural Understanding
Introduction
Problems in the Teaching of Culture
Definitions, Models, Inventories, and Frameworks: Capturing the Essence of "Culture"
Strategies for Teaching Culture
Summary: Teaching for Cultural Understanding
Activities for Review and Discussion
References
Classroom Testing
Introduction
The Case for Hybrid Classroom Tests
Characteristics of Test Items and Item Types
Listening Comprehension Formats
Reading Comprehension Formats
Writing and Mixed-Skills Formats
Guidelines for Creating Contextualized Paper-and-Pencil Tests
Testing Oral Skills
Summary: Classroom Testing
Appendix
Activities for Review and Discussion
References
Epilogue: Planning Instruction for the Proficiency-Oriented Classroom: Some Practical Guidelines
Setting Goals for a Proficiency-Oriented Program
Guidelines for Planning Lessons
Increasing Focus on Students' Interests
In Conclusion
Activities for review and Discussion
References
ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines
Sample Foreign Language Media Evaluation Criteria
Samples of Error Coding Procedures for Written Work
Index
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