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Title: Language in Language Teacher Education
Edited By: Hugh Trappes-lomax
Gibson Ferguson
URL: http://www.benjamins.nl/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=LL_LT_4
Series Title: Language Learning & Language Teaching 4

This volume explores the defining element in the work of language teacher educators: language itself. The book is in two parts. The first part holds up to scrutiny concepts of language that underlie much practice in language teacher education yet too frequently remain under-examined. These include language as social institution, language as verbal practice, language as reflexive practice, language as school subject and language as medium of language learning.
The chapters in the second part are written by language teacher educators working in a range of institutional contexts and on a variety of types of program including both long and short courses, both pre-service and in-service courses, and teacher education practice focusing variously on metalinguistic awareness for teachers, language improvement, and classroom communication. The unifying factor is that collectively they illuminate how language teacher educators research their practice and reflect on underlying principles.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Language in language teacher education • A discourse perspectiveLanguage in language teacher education • A discourse perspective
Hugh Trappes-Lomax 1
Part 1
Concepts of language in language teacher education 23
Is language a verb? Conceptual change in linguistics and language teaching
John E. Joseph 29
The social component of language teacher education
Alan Davies 49
Language teaching: Defining the subject
Henry G. Widdowson 67
Reflexive language in language teacher education
Peter Grundy 83
Training in instructional conversation
Scott Thornbury 95
Part 2
Working with language in language teacher education 107
Doing language awareness:issues for language study in language teacher education
Tony Wright 113
Language awareness in the preparation of teachers of English for specific purposes
Gibson Ferguson 131
Examining classroom discourse frames: An approach to raising language teachers ’ awareness of and planning for language use
Martha C. Pennington 149
What was that you said?: Trainee generated language awareness
Clare O'Donoghue and Tom Hales 173
Developing language awareness and error detection: What can we expect of novice trainees?
Heather Murray 187
Maintaining language skills in pre-service training for foreign language teachers
Ann Barnes 199
The use of lesson transcripts for developing teachers’ classroom language
Richard M. Cullen 219
Towards a framework for language improvement within short in-service teacher development programmes
Susan Lavender 237
Bionotes 251
Index 255

Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Second Language Teaching
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