The emergence of English as a global language, along with technological innovations and the growing need for learner autonomy, is changing language teaching rapidly and profoundly. With these changes come new demands and challenges for teaching education programs.
This authoritative collection of writings highlights some of the best work being done today in the United States and abroad to make communicative competence an attainable goal. The contributors examine what has come to be known as communicative language teaching, or CLT, from the perspectives of teachers and teacher educators.
The book documents current reform initiatives in Japan, the United States, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and continental Europe to provide a global perspective on language teaching for communicative competence. Four major themes recur throughout the volume: the multifaceted nature of language teaching; the highly contextualized nature of CLT; the futility of defining a "native speaker" in the postcolonial, postmodern world; and the overwhelming influence of high-stakes tests on language teaching. The book is a useful and valuable tool for language teachers, teacher educators, and policymakers.
|Communicative Language Teaching: Linguistic Theory and Classroom Practice||p. 1|
|Teacher Education for Curricular Innovation in Japan||p. 31|
|Practical Understandings of Communicative Language Teaching and Teacher Development||p. 41|
|Zen and the Art of English Language Teaching||p. 82|
|The Washback Effect on Classroom Teaching of Changes in Public Examinations||p. 91|
|National Standards and the Diffusion of Innovation: Language Teaching in the United States||p. 112|
|Innovative Teaching in Foreign Language Contexts: The Case of Taiwan||p. 131|
|The Use of Technology in High-Enrollment Courses: Implications for Teacher Education and Communicative Language Teaching||p. 154|
|Learner Autonomy and the Education of Language Teachers: How to Practice What Is Preached and Preach What Is Practiced||p. 165|
|Genres of Power in Language Teacher Education: Interpreting the "Experts"||p. 193|
|List of Contributors||p. 233|
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Series: Yale Language Ser.
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 10th April 2002
Publisher: Yale University Press
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.4 x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.432