Key Developments in Second Language Teaching
Issues in Second Language Teaching - Alessandro Benati
Alessandro G. Benati [+]
University of Portsmouth
Professor Alessandro Benati is Professor of Second Language Acquisition and Head of School of Languages and Area Studies at the University of Portsmouth. He is internationally known for his research in second language learning and teaching, with special emphases on processing instruction. He is a pioneering researcher in the area of second language acquisition (SLA) and has built a reputation on two fronts. On one front, he is a premier Italian language scholar producing the most empirical work on the teaching and acquisition of Italian in the world. On the other front, he is a scholar in the more general field of instructed SLA, with an emphasis on the effects of formal instruction on the acquisition of grammatical properties by second language learners. He has a strong publications record with 12 established monographs, chapters and articles in international journals (Language Awareness, IRAL, and Language Teaching Research).
In this chapter a brief review of some of the key teaching methodologies/ approaches in second language teaching is provided, from the Grammar Translation Method, to the Communicative Language Teaching and Task-based Instruction approach. Guidelines for adopting a principled evidence-based approach to second language teaching will be offered at the end of this chapter.