"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more
To find some answers Tim Machan explores the language's present and past, and looks ahead to its futures among the one and a half billion people who speak it. His search is fascinating and important, for definitions of English have influenced education and law in many countries and helped shape the identities of those who live in them.
This volume provides a new perspective on the evolution of the special language of medicine, based on the electronic corpus of Early Modern English Medical Texts, containing over two million words of medical writing from 1500 to 1700.
Designing Language Teaching Tasks provides a research-based account of how experienced teachers and task designers prepare activities for use in the language classroom. It gives detailed information on the procedures which a group of expert materials designers follow, and compares those procedures with ones used by a second, less experienced group. The book discusses issues of research methodology in a way which will be of interest to all students of applied linguistics. It is written in a clear and comprehensible style, and provides practical guidance on how to go about designing language teaching activities. As such it will be relevant to practising teachers and other professionals who need to write their own teaching tasks, or even modify already-exisiting tasks for their students. Though the examples in the book deal with English as a foreign language, what it discusses will be of interest to teachers of any foreign language.
Acknowledgements - Why Study Task Design - Some Studies in Expertise - Studying Task Designers at Work - A Look at Two Designers - Designing Language Teaching Tasks: Beginnings - Designing Language Teaching Tasks: Middles and Ends - The Good Task Designer: Some Hypotheses - Evaluating and Teaching Task Design - Appendices - References - Index
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Keith Johnson is Professor of Linguistics and Language Education at Lancaster University. His recent publications include An Introduction to Foreign Language Learning and Teaching (2001), Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Applied Linguistics (1998), and Language Teaching and Skill Learning (1996). He is the founding editor of the journal Language Teaching Research.
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