LINGUIST List 14.1335

Fri May 9 2003

Books: ESL, Japan: Makarova (ed)

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Message 1: ELT: the Case of Japan: Makarova (ed)

Date: Thu, 08 May 2003 15:49:49 +0000
Subject: ELT: the Case of Japan: Makarova (ed)

Title: ELT
Subtitle: The Case of Japan
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Second Language Teaching 02
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Lincom GmbH		 
Book URL:
Editor: Veronika Makarova, Meikai University 

Paperback: ISBN: ISBN3895868523., Pages: 300, Price: USD 82.80 / 72EUR

The book is a collection of integrated papers describing the many
facets of teaching EFL in the particular educational and cultural
context in Japan. Overviewing the language teaching situation in
Japan, the book sheds light on the social conditions in which the
teaching of EFL takes place and illustrates the interactions of the
language teaching theories with the specific demands of a local
context and educational tradition. The book is therefore of interest
to EL teachers throughout the world as well as to teachers of Japanese
students anywhere in the world. The book surveys language management
problems in Japanese ELT, shows the historical roots of language
teaching in Japan, points out cross-cultural aspects of ELT, addresses
the teaching of major language skills (i.e., listening, pronunciation,
speaking, reading, writing) along with the issues of FL content,
methods, media, assessment, teacher training and development. The
volume contains implications for teachers of English in Japan, for the
teaching of English to Japanese students in other parts of the world,
and suggests the directions for change within the country in accord
with current Second Language Acquisition theories.

THE SPECIAL FOCUS of the book intends to bridge the gap between
applied linguistic studies and teaching practices; to introduce
language teachers to some theoretical issues currently discussed in
the field; to provide socio-cultural and teaching practice hints
helpful for language teachers of Japanese students inside and outside

KEY FEATURES: The book explores both the Western and Japanese language
teaching traditions, demonstrates the differences between the two, and
considers the possibility of a useful synthesis. The viewpoints of
foreign and Japanese EL teachers are represented. The contributions
are written by Japan-based scholars (foreigners and Japanese) who are
both theoreticians and practitioners in the ELT field. The book
discusses some important trends in ELT, like CALL, Content teaching,
cross-cultural issues, action research, and cooperative learning.

PURPOSES OF THE BOOK: 1. to contribute to the development of ELT
research and methodologies by showing their applications and
modifications in local contexts, 2. to provide guidelines to ELT
teachers regarding methodologies and research currently employed in
Japan (to demonstrate to the outside world where Japanese ELT stands),
3. to provide some minimal theoretical framework for language teaching
in Japan (to help practicing teachers to update their knowledge in the
field of applied linguistic research and ELT methodologies and to show
how their daily practical concerns are reflected in ELT literature),
4. to provide material for foreign teachers of Japanese students
within and outside Japan to help these teachers to understand their
students' EL background and requirements better.



Ch. 1. English in Japan: An overview.
 Jiri V. Neustupny and Shin'ya Tanaka (Obirin University, Japan). 
Ch. 2. Lessons from the past: Traditions and reforms.
 Richard C. Smith (Warwick University, UK)
Ch. 3. A Japanese learner of English: myth and reality.
 Stephen M. Ryan (Eichi (Sapientia) University, Japan), Veronika
 Makarova (Meikai University, Japan)


Ch. 4. Teaching and learning grammar in the Japanese context. 
 Kenichi Yamakawa (Yasuda Women's University, Japan)
Ch. 5. Variables affecting listening fluency of Japanese learners of
 Akiyo Hirai (Tsukuba University, Japan)
Ch. 6. Pronunciation teaching: Challenges, curriculum design, computer
 Barbara Bradford (London University, UK), Veronika Makarova (Meikai
 University, Japan), Stephen Lambacher (Aizu University, Japan)

Lingfield(s): Applied Linguistics
		ESL (Applied Linguistics)
Subject Language(s): English (Language Code: (ENG)

Aerial Regions: Japan

Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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