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Title: Language Teaching
Subtitle: Linguistic Theory in Practice
Written By: Melinda Whong

How can theories of language development be understood and applied in your
language classroom?

By presenting a range of linguistic perspectives from formal to functional
to cognitive, this book highlights the relevance of second language
acquisition research to the language classroom. Following a brief
historical survey of the ways in which language has been viewed, Whong
clearly discusses the basic tenets of Chomskyan linguistics, before
exploring ten generalisations about second language development in terms of
their implications for language teaching. Emphasising the formal generative
approach, the book explores well-known language teaching methods, looking
at the extent to which linguistic theory is relevant to the different
approaches. This is the first textbook to provide an explicit discussion of
language teaching from the point of view of formal linguistics.

Key features
* Deconstructs a lesson plan to show the translation of theory to classroom
* Provides 'For Discussion' sections at the end of every chapter
* Includes a Glossary of key terms and concepts in the field

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Cognitive Science
Language Acquisition
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0748636358
ISBN-13: 9780748636358
Pages: 224
Prices: U.K. £ 19.99

Format: Hardback
ISBN: 074863634X
ISBN-13: 9780748636341
Pages: 224
Prices: U.K. £ 60.00