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Teaching the Spoken Language

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ISBN-10: 0521273846

ISBN-13: 9780521273848

Edition: 1983

Authors: Gillian Brown, George Yule, Michael Swan

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Teaching the Spoken Language is about teaching the spoken language. It presents in a highly accessible form the results of the author's important research on teaching and assessing effective spoken communication. The authors examine the nature of spoken language and how it differs from written language both in form and purpose. A large part of it is concerned with principles and techniques for teaching spoken production and listening comprehension. An important chapter deals with how to assess spoken language. The principles and techniques described apply to the teaching of English as a foreign and second language, and are also highly relevant to the teaching of the mother tongue. The…    
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Book details

List price: $40.25
Copyright year: 1983
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/24/1983
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Data: recorded materials and transcripts
The spoken language
Spoken and written language
Functions of language
Structured long turns
Spoken language models and feasibility
Feasibility--what can be taught?
Teaching spoken production
The production of spoken language
The aims of the course
Interactional short turns
Transactional turns
'Communicative stress'
Grading tasks: events in time
Grading tasks: descriptions and instructions
Grading tasks: the discoursal approach
Pronunciation and intonation
Teaching listening comprehension
'Listening comprehension ought to be naturally acquired'
Teaching listening comprehension
What might 'listening comprehension' mean?
Native listening: context and co-text
Native listening: strategies
Background: British background and culture
Background: the speaker's voice
Choosing materials
Grading materials: by speaker
Grading materials: by intended listener
Grading materials: by content
Grading materials: by support
Choosing materials: types of purpose
Approaching a text
Assessing listening comprehension
Assessing spoken language
Assessing spoken English production
Practical requirements
An assessment profile
The student's tape
Speech in different modes
Task types
The information gap
Scoring procedures
Principles underlying the methodology
Elicit speech which has a purpose
Elicit extended chunks of speech
Elicit structured or organised speech
Control the input
Quantify the notion of 'communicative effectiveness'
Task types and scoring procedures
Tasks: general conditions
The eye-witness account
Can listening comprehension be assessed?