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Title: Perspectives on Language Learning Materials Development
Edited By: Freda Mishan
Angela Chambers
URL: http://www.peterlang.com/Index.cfm?vLang=E&vSiteID=4&vSiteName=BookDetail%2Ecfm&VID=11863
Series Title: Intercultural Studies and Foreign Language Learning. Vol. 1

Language learning materials development remains a surprisingly
under-supported aspect of language teaching. This book constitutes a
much-needed resource in the area, aiming to support and advance the craft
of materials design. The volume offers a snapshot of the contemporary
influences on language learning materials development from diverse
perspectives around the globe. These influences include the demands of
teaching ESOL in Britain and Ireland, the impact of Corpus Linguistics, the
needs of young learners and of diverse worldwide audiences, the development
of intercultural competence, as well as the integration of L2 acquisition
research. Contributors to the volume are drawn from a broad range of
teaching, research and materials development backgrounds. The book includes
some chapters based on papers given at the MATSDA (Materials Development
Association) 2008 conference.

Contents: Freda Mishan/Angela Chambers: Introduction - Jeanne
McCarten/Michael McCarthy: Bridging the gap between corpus and course book:
The case of conversation strategies - Fiona Farr/Angela Chambers/ Stéphanie
O'Riordan: Corpora for materials development in language teacher education:
Underlying principles and useful data - Ivor Timmis: Teachers telling
tales: Exploring materials for teaching spoken language - Brian Tomlinson:
Helping learners to fill the gaps in their learning - Alexander Gilmore:
Catching words: Exploiting film discourse in the foreign language classroom
- Freda Mishan: Task and task authenticity: Paradigms for language learning
in the digital era - Annie Hughes: Why should we make activities for young
language learners meaningful and purposeful? - Jonathan Mason: Using
ethnography to develop intercultural competence - Naeema Hann/Ivor
Timmis/Hitomi Masuhara: ESOL materials: Practice and principles - Rubena
St. Louis/Marta Trias/Silvia Pereira: Designing materials for a twelve-week
remedial course for pre-university students: A case study.

The Editors: Freda Mishan is a lecturer on the M.A. course in English
Language Teaching at the University of Limerick, Ireland. Her research and
publications include a book, book chapters and articles in the areas of
language learning materials development and the use of ICT for language
learning. She has over 30 years' language teaching and training experience
Angela Chambers is professor of applied languages and director of the
Centre for Applied Language Studies, University of Limerick, Ireland. She
has co-edited a number of books and published several articles on aspects
of language learning. Her current research focuses on the use of corpus
data by language learners.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783039118632
Pages: 294
Prices: U.S. $ 61.95
U.K. £ 36.00
Europe EURO 40.00