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Title Understanding the language classroom / edited by Simon Gieve and Inés K. Miller ; with a foreword by Katheen M. Bailey
Published New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2006
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Description 1 online resource (xxii, 275 pages)
Contents Six promising directions in applied linguistics / Dick Allwright -- What do we mean by 'quality of classroom life'? / Simon Gieve, Inés K. Miller -- What happens between people: who we are and what we do / Adrian Holliday -- Managing classroom life / Tony Wright -- Who does what in the 'management of language learning'? Planning and the social construction of the 'motiviation to notice' / Devon Woods -- Darwin and the large class / Hywel Coleman -- Recognizing complexity in adult literacy research and practice / Ming-i Lydia Tseng, Roz Ivanič -- Language lessons: a complex, local co-production of all participants / Elaine E. Tarone -- Take 1, take 2, take 3: a suggested three stage approach to exploratory practice / John F. Fanselow, Roger Barnard -- Collegial development in ELT: the interface between global processes and local understandings / Michael P. Breen -- Language teacher educators in search of 'locally helpful understandings' / Maria Antonieta Alba Celani -- Teaching and learning in 'The age of reform': the problem of the verb / Donald Freeman
Summary The starting point for this collection is a chapter by Dick Allwright on the language learning and teaching classroom experience entitled Six Promising Directions in Applied Linguistics. The other distinguished contributors respond to this discussion with their own interpretations and from their own experience. The contributors are Mike Breen, Antonieta Celani, Hywel Coleman, John Fanselow & Roger Barnard, Donald Freeman, Simon Gieve & Iňs Miller, Adrian Holliday, Roz Ivanic & Lydia Tseng, Elaine Tarone, Tony Wright, and Devon Woods. Kathleen Bailey 's Foreword sets the scene. The collection problematizes prescription, efficiency, and technical solutions as orientations to classroom language learning. The ideas that have found most resonance in contributors' attempts at understanding language classroom life are the inherent complexity and idiosyncrasy of classroom life, the central importance of participants' own understandings; the relationship between classroom life and teachers' and students' lives, negotiation between teachers and learners, the relationship between the local and the global, and the 'quality' of classroom life. These themes are addressed in the contexts of language learning, adult literacy education and language teacher education
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Language and languages -- Study and teaching.
Form Electronic book
Author Gieve, Simon, 1951-
Miller, Inés K., 1948-
ISBN 0230523161 (electronic bk.)
9780230523166 (electronic bk.)