LINGUIST List 9.956

Fri Jun 26 1998

Books: Language Education

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  1. Vivien Eng, Language Education

Message 1: Language Education

Date: 22 Jun 98 09:37:11 -0400
From: Vivien Eng <>
Subject: Language Education


Scott Thornbury; About Language: Tasks for Teachers of English; ISBN:
0-521-42720-7 Paperback, 6 X 9, 287 pp.; Pub. Date: 3/28/97;
PUBLISHER:Cambridge University Press; $22.95; 
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Ronald Carter; Exploring Spoken English; ISBN: 0-521-56860-9;
Paperback, 7 X 9, 160 pp.; PUBLISHER:Cambridge University Press;
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Hywel Coleman (University of Leeds); Society and the Language
Classroom; ISBN: 0-521-49616-0; Hardback, 6 x 9, 249 pp.; Pub. Date:
1/28/97; PUBLISHER:Cambridge University Press; $49.95; 

This book provides a new perspective on classroom research. Through a
series of case studies, the book examines the ways that learners and
teachers behave in English language classrooms in different parts of
the world, including Australia, South Africa, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya,
China and Pakistan, and at primary, secondary and tertiary levels.

Content: 1. Autonomy and ideology in the English language classroom;
2. Safe-talk: collusion in apartheid education; 3. English language
education in Japan; 4. Shadow puppets and language lessons:
Interpreting classroom behaviour in its cultural context; 5. Large and
small class cultures in Egyptian university classrooms: a cultural
justification for curriculum change; 6. Learner resistance to
innovation in classroom methodology; 7. The effect of institutional
and national cultures on examinations: the university in Kenya;
8. Through language to learning: preparing overseas students for study
in western universities; 9. Cultures of Learning: Language classrooms
in China; 10. Social and pedagogic pressures in the language
classroom: the role of socialisation.
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Immersion Education: International Perspectives; ISBN: 0-521-58385-3;
Hardback, 6 x 9, 332 pp.; Robert Keith Johnson, ed. (The University of
Hong Kong); Pub. Date: 4/30/97 PUBLISHER:Cambridge University Press;

Immersion, a relatively new approach to bilingual education,
orginated in Canada. It uses the target language as a medium of
instruction in order to achieve "additive bilingualism"-- a high level
of second language proficiency added to normal development in the L1.
The wide range of languages and purposes now served by immersion
worldwide is illustrated by case studies of thirteen programs
presented and discussed in this book. The introductory chapter
defines immersion education theory and practice and shows how this
approach differs from other forms of bilingual education.

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  • Addison Wesley Longman
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