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Issues in Second Language Teaching
Alessandro G. Benati
Issues in Second Language Teaching is a textbook written to help both novice and more experienced teachers reflect on topics related to second language learning and language teaching. It provides readers with a better understanding of the interface between second language learning theory and research and language teaching practices.
The main objective of this book is to develop and enhance theoretical and practical understanding of how teachers should approach the way they teach languages in the classroom. Readers are asked to reflect on the implications of second language learning research and theory on language teaching by providing an analysis of how the principles derived from research can be applied in the language classroom when it comes to issues such as teaching grammar, correcting errors, providing ‘good’ input, developing output activities and encouraging interaction between learners. This book does not support a particular methodology for language teaching, focusing instead on specific themes in relation to language teaching.
1. Key Developments in Second Language Teaching
2. Key Issues in Grammar Teaching
3. Key Issues in Interactional and Corrective Feedback
4. Key Issues in the Teaching of Speaking
5. Key Issues in the Teaching of Listening Key
6. Key Issues in the Teaching of Reading
7. Key Issues in the Teaching of Writing
8. Key Questions in Second Language Teaching: Implementing Principles of Learning
'The book is helpful to researchers and teachers working on teaching of second language as a reference guide to ESL Teaching concepts. It serves as a good supplement to theories in ESL. A comparison of the traditional methods and the modern teaching technique, without subscribing to any particular method is impressive.'
'It is a very nice contribution to the field because of its theoretical/conceptual and innovative presentation of the topics. A valuable resource for researchers, graduate students and anyone interested in language teaching and language acquisition with a particular reference to input and processing.'
Pedro Guijarro-Fuentes, Associate Professor in Spanish, University of Plymouth
'This textbook provides a clear introduction to key issues in the teaching of second languages. Each of its chapters contains useful information for trainee and more experienced teachers, as both groups will find ideas based on research findings on how languages are learned.'
Professor María del Pilar García Mayo, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU)
The concepts presented are clearly demonstrated and accompanied by concrete examples, drawing upon effective classroom strategies, thus encouraging implementation. The questions raised are pertinent and encourage readers to engage with the material. As well, a tailored bibliography of suggested reading accompanies each chapter, providing a useful guide for exploring the topic further. Discussions on feedback and language input are provided alongside SLA methodology, inciting the reader to reflect on genuine classroom practices. Simultaneously, there is an emphasis on sound judgment in implementing instruction, based on informed choices with respect to both learner processes and communicative approaches. The author demonstrates a balanced viewpoint towards language teaching and reflects contemporary attitudes that are widely adopted by language instructors.
Studies in Second Language Acquisition