Exploring English Language Teaching
Language in Action
By Graham Hall
Routledge – 2011 – 282 pages
Winner of the BAAL Book Prize 2012
Routledge Introductions to Applied Linguistics is a series of introductory level textbooks covering the core topics in Applied Linguistics, primarily designed for those entering postgraduate studies and language professionals returning to academic study. The books take an innovative "practice to theory" approach, with a 'back-to-front' structure. This leads the reader from real-world problems and issues, through a discussion of intervention and how to engage with these concerns, before finally relating these practical issues to theoretical foundations. Additional features include tasks with commentaries, a glossary of key terms, and an annotated further reading section.
Exploring English Language Teaching provides a single volume introduction to the field of ELT from an applied linguistics perspective. The book addresses four central themes within English language teaching: ‘Classroom interaction and management’; ‘Method, Postmethod and methodology’; ‘Learners’; and the ‘Institutional frameworks and social contexts’ of ELT. For each, the book identifies key dilemmas and practices, examines how teachers and other language teaching professionals might intervene and deal with these concerns, and explores how such issues link to and inform applied linguistic theory.
Exploring English Language Teaching is an indispensable textbook for language teachers, and for post-graduate/graduate students and advanced undergraduates studying in the areas of Applied Linguistics, Language Teacher Education, and ELT/TESOL.
'This volume provides an excellent, broad-ranging coverage of the key topics that impact on the teaching of English today. It will make a very useful introduction for Bachelor and Masters' students who are coming newly to this field and a very good reference source for educators teaching courses for these students.' -- Anne Burns, Aston University, UK
Theme 1: Classroom interaction and management. 1.The Language Classroom: Roles, Relationships and Interactions. 2. Intervening in the Language Classroom: Classroom Management, Interaction and Learning Opportunities. 3. The Language Classroom in Theory and Practice: Complex, Diverse and ‘Local’.Theme 2: Method, Postmethod and Methodology. 4. Language, Language Learning and Method: Dilemmas and Practices. 5. Language Teaching Methods: Perspectives and Possibilities. 6. Theoretical Insights for a Postmethod Era. Theme 3: Learners 7. Focus on the Language Learner: Individual Attributes and Attitudes. 8. Learner Diversity and Development: Considerations for the Language Classroom…and Beyond. 9. Images of Language Learners: from Individual to Social, and Universal to Specific Theme 4: Institutional frameworks and social contexts. 10. From Global Trends to Local Contexts: Language Dilemmas in the ELT Classroom. 11. Planning and Organising L2 learning and Teaching: Contexts and Curriculum, Possibilities and Realities. 12. ELT in the World: Education and Politics, Contexts and Goals.
Graham Hall is Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics at Northumbria University.