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Title: English Language Learning Materials
Subtitle: A Critical Review
Written By: Brian Thomlinson
URL: http://www.continuumbooks.com/books/detail.aspx?BookId=136486&SearchType=Basic
Description:

Please note: This is a new version of a previously announced book.

This book provides a critical analysis of the materials used for learning
English around the world, considering both the teachers' and the learners
requirements.

This research collection presents a critical review of the materials used
for learning English around the world. The first section includes a
discussion of materials for specific learners and purposes, such as young
learners, self-study, academic writing and general proficiency. The second
section presents a detailed study of the materials used in Europe, Asia,
North America, South America, Africa and Australia, and critically
evaluates their effectiveness in the teaching of English to speakers of
other languages. Taking both the teacher's and the learner's needs into
consideration, the book makes a positive contribution to the future of
research in materials development, and has practical applications.

This comprehensive, critical analysis of materials in use around the world
will be useful for academics researching materials development and applied
linguistics and for students on post-graduate applied linguistics and ELT
courses.

"The articles in this volume discuss their subjects in a variety of ways,
ranging from the anecdotal to the highly analytic and highly
quantitative.... serve as a motivator for teachers to depend less on what
their textbooks tell them to do and to draw more on knowledge of their
students, of teaching, and of the world they live in" Scott Gardner, JALT
Journal

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (formerly The Continuum International Publishing Group)
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Language Acquisition
Subject Language(s): English
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Versions:
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1441122303
ISBN-13: 9781441122308
Pages: 344
Prices: U.K. £ 27.99