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Systemization in Foreign Language Teaching

Monitoring Content Progression

By Wilfried Decoo

Routledge – 2011 – 374 pages

Series: Routledge Research in Education

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Description

Foreign language learning is a progressive endeavor. Whatever the method, the learner should advance from one point to another, constantly improving. Growing proficiency entails growing language content. Content is complex, displaying many dimensions. Syllabus designers, textbook authors, and teachers often struggle with the monitoring of content. Computer-assisted systemization helps to handle it in a manageable framework. Besides inventorying content, it ensures more balanced selections, calculated progression, and controlled reiteration of previously learned material. It gauges the usability of authentic material in relation to the level attained. During the teaching process, it allows the instant selection of items needed for a communicative situation, focus on forms, or particular exercises.

This book first describes the theoretical background for systemization, including a historical overview, with special attention to the Common European Framework and the new Profiles and Referentials. Next the practical steps for computer-assisted implementation with examples taken from French and English, but applicable to any language.

Contents

1. Introduction

2. Of Concepts and Connotations

3. Content Systemization in Historical Perspective

4. Since the 1970s: The Council of Europe's Systemic Approaches

5. Vocabulary: The Substance of Progressive Content

6. Functions of Systemization

7. Defining and Codifying Content

8. Selecting and Structuring Content

9. Supplemental Output of Systemized Material

10. Conclusion

Author Bio

Wilfried Decoo is Professor of French and Applied Linguistics at Brigham Young University and at the University of Antwerp.

Name: Systemization in Foreign Language Teaching: Monitoring Content Progression (Hardback)Routledge 
Description: By Wilfried Decoo. Foreign language learning is a progressive endeavor. Whatever the method, the learner should advance from one point to another, constantly improving. Growing proficiency entails growing language content. Content is complex, displaying many dimensions...
Categories: Curriculum Studies, Language Teaching & Learning, Theories of Learning, Bilingualism / ESL, Education