It was about one and a half years ago that I finally I arrived where I had always wanted to be and do what I had always wanted-- teach students, support small language communities and conduct research on African languages on my doorstep. The University of Cape Town and my new colleagues welcomed my efforts to establish the Centre for African Language Diversity-- CALDi as well as The African Language Archive-- TALA and I was recently appointed the Mellon Research Chair: African Language Diversity this initiative. The main aim of CALDi is to train young African scholars in descriptive linguistics and open up space for research into African languages at UCT with the hopes of countering the dominance of African linguistics outside the continent. It has been a great challenge for which my whole career has been a form of preparation...Read more
The Cambridge Handbook of Communication Disorders examines the full range of developmental and acquired communication disorders and provides the most up-to-date and comprehensive guide to the epidemiology, aetiology and clinical features of these disorders.
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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