Understanding Language Teaching
From Method to Postmethod
By (author) B. Kumaravadivelu
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Understanding Language Teaching by B. Kumaravadivelu
Book DescriptionThis book traces the historical development of major language teaching methods in terms of theoretical principles and classroom procedures, and provides a critical evaluation of each. Drawing from seminal, foundational texts and from critical commentaries made by various scholars, Kumaravadivelu examines the profession's current transition from method to postmethod and, in the process, elucidates the relationship between theory, research, and practice. The chief objective is to help readers see the pattern that connects language, learning, teaching methods, and postmethod perspectives. In this book, Kumaravadivelu: *brings together a critical vision of L2 learning and teaching--a vision founded at once on historical development and contemporary thought; *connects findings of up-to-date research in L2 learning with issues in L2 teaching thus making the reader aware of the relationship between theory, research and practice; *presents language teaching methods within a coherent framework of language-, learner-, and learning-centered pedagogies, thus helping the reader to see how they are related to each other; *shows how the three categories of methods evolved historically leading ultimately (and inevitably) to the emergence of a postmethod condition; and *provides the reader with a solid background in several interconnected areas of L2 pedagogy, such as concepts of competence, input factors, intake processes, interactional modifications, and instructional design. Understanding Language Teaching: From Method to Postmethod is intended for an international audience of teacher educators, practicing teachers and graduate students, researchers, curriculum planners, and materials designers in the field of second and foreign language teaching.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780805851762
(229mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Inc
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Publish Date: 20-Oct-2005
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author B. Kumaravadivelu
Cultural Globalization and Language Education, Paperback (August 2007)
We live in a world that is marked by the twin processes of economic and cultural globalization. This book examines how the cultural component of second- and foreign-language education has been informed by Western notions of cultural assimilation, cultural pluralism, and cultural hybridity.
Understanding Language Teaching, Paperback (September 2005)
It combines a critical evaluation of the traditional methods that form the organizing principles for second and foreign language teacher education, an informed discussion of their strengths and limitations, and a rationale for and description of the emer
Beyond Methods, Paperback (February 2003)» View all books by B. Kumaravadivelu
This work presents a macrostrategic framework designed to help language teachers develop a systematic, coherent and personal theory of practice. These strategies should enable teachers to evaluate classroom practices and to generate techniques and activities for realizing teaching goals.
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