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Psychology for Language Teachers : A Social Constructivist Approach - Marion Williams

Psychology for Language Teachers

A Social Constructivist Approach

Paperback Published: 24th March 1997
ISBN: 9780521498807
Number Of Pages: 252

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Psychology for Language Teachers examines the field of educational psychology and considers various ways in which a deeper understanding of this discipline can help language teachers. The first part presents an overview of educational psychology, and discusses how different approaches to psychology have influenced language teaching methodology. Following this, four themes are identified: the learner, the teacher, the task and the learning context. Recent psychological developments in each of these domains are discussed and implications are drawn for language teaching. Areas considered include approaches to learning, motivation, the role of the individual, attribution, mediation, the teaching of thinking, the cognitive demands of tasks and the learning environment. Psychology for Language Teachers does not assume previous knowledge of psychology.

An introduction to educational psychology: behaviourism and cognitive psychology
Further schools of thought in psychology: humanism and social interactionism
What do teachers bring to the teaching-learning process?
What can teachers do to promote learning?
The contribution of the individual student to the learning process
What makes a person want to learn? Motivation in language learning
How does the learner deal with the process of learning?
The place of tasks in the language classroom
The learning context
Putting it all together
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ISBN: 9780521498807
ISBN-10: 0521498805
Series: Cambridge Language Teaching Library
Audience: English as a Second Language (ESL)
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 252
Published: 24th March 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.61 x 14.99  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.34