LINGUIST List 8.267

Mon Feb 24 1997

Sum: History of language teaching and policy

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  1. Erica Benson, Sum: History of For. Lang. Teaching/Lang. Policy

Message 1: Sum: History of For. Lang. Teaching/Lang. Policy

Date: Thu, 20 Feb 1997 16:50:16 +0100 (MEZ)
From: Erica Benson <zupixmlucom2.urz.uni-halle.DE>
Subject: Sum: History of For. Lang. Teaching/Lang. Policy

A few weeks ago, I posted a query for resources on the history of
foreign language teaching and language policy, and here are the
results. I appreciate all the recommendations and support that I
received in such a short amount of time! Your input has really
motivated me.

Best regards,

Erica J. Benson
Center for U.S. Studies
University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany


Bausch, Karl-Richard, Christ, and Krumm eds. (1995)_Handbuch
 Fremdsprachenunterricht_. Second edition. Tubingen : Francke. 561 p.
Contains a section on the history of language teaching and includes a
number of references.

Bowen, J. Donald, Madsen, Harold, and Hiferty, Ann. eds.
 (1985)_Techniques and Procedures_. ISBN 0-8384-2680-8

Celce-Muria, Marianne. ed. (1991)_Teaching English as a Second or
 Foreign Language_. Boston, Mass.: Heinle & Heinle.
Includes a history of language teaching in the first chapter.

Diller, Karl Conrad. (1978) _The language teaching controversy_.
 Second edition. Rowley, Mass.: Newbury House Publishers. 174 p.
Note: First ed. published in 1971 under title: Generative grammar,
structural linguistics, and language teaching.

Howatt, Anthony P. R. (1984) _A history of English language
 teaching_. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press. 394 p.
 ISBN: 0 19437075 5
**This was the most recommended book.**

Kelly, Louis. G. (1969, 1976) _25 centuries of language
 teaching; an inquiry into the science, art, and development of language
 teaching methodology, 500B.C.-1969_. Rowley, Mass.: Newbury House
 Publishers, 474 p.
**This was the second most recommended book.**

Kibbee, Douglas A. (1991) _For to speke Frenche trewely : the
 French language in England, 1000-1600: its status, description, and
 instruction_. Amsterdam; Philadelphia: J. Benjamins Pub. Co. 268 p.

Krashen, Stephen D. and Terrell, Tracy D. (1983) _The Natural
 Approach: Language Acquisition in the Classroom_ Oxford: Pergmaon
 Press;San Francisco: Alemany Press.
The first part (pp. 7-17) of the introductory chapter provides a very
short overview of the subject one list member has used with students.


Crawford, James. (1995) _Bilingual education : history, politics,
theory, and practice_Third edition. Los Angeles: Bilingual Educational
Services, 1995. 313 p.

Language Problems and Language Planning, a scholarly periodical,
published three times a year
by John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam.

TESOL Quarterly, Vol 30 No 3 (Autumn 1996)

Also mentioned
"Linguist (List) also had a whole discussion of language policy, some of
which was historical, last year some time. I would check their archives."

"The Center for Applied Linguistics are U.S. representatives for a
32-country study of language teaching; you might want to look at a
summary of our U.S. data (try, ask for
'Overview of Foreign Language Education in the United States'). Summaries
of all the countries participating can be gotten for 10 pounds from NFER
in England."

Center for Research and Documentation on World Language Problems

I would like to thank the following individuals who contributed to this

Hannes Kniffka <ssp01rs1.rrz.Uni-Koeln.DE>
Frances Ingemann <fingUKANS.EDU>
Karen Stanley <>
Val Ashenfelter <>
Dorine Houston <V2188GVM.TEMPLE.EDU>
William Kelson <>
Nancy Schwalen <sschwaleIX.NETCOM.COM>
Vera Menezes <>
Roy Iutzi-Mitchell <>
Paul Peranteau <>
Barbara Robson <>
Mark Mandel <>
Theresa Pruetl-Said <>
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