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2nd Edition

A Practical Guide to Teaching Foreign Languages in the Secondary School

ISBN 9780203095119
Published March 4, 2014 by Routledge
162 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

How can you effectively motivate young people to engage with foreign language learning?

How can young people engage with new ideas and cultural experiences within and outside the classroom?

The new edition of A Practical Guide to Teaching Foreign Languages in the Secondary School offers straightforward advice and inspiration for training teachers, NQTs and teachers in their early professional development. Written by a team of expert professionals, it offers a wide range of strategies for successful teaching in the languages classroom. Key topics covered include:

    • Helping pupils develop better listening skills
    • Effective speaking activities
    • Choosing the best texts and technology for reading skills
    • Teaching grammar
    • Internet tools and services for teaching and learning
    • Integrating formative assessment
    • The intercultural dimension of language teaching
    • Collaborating with primary schools and successful transition
    • Teaching Arabic and Mandarin
    • Working with TAs and FLAs
    • Classroom research and reflective practice

This fully revised and updated second edition includes new chapters on homework, motivation and less widely taught languages, while the core sections on reading and writing, planning, and culture and diversity have been significantly updated to reflect important changes in research, practice and policy.

A Practical Guide to Teaching Foreign Languages in the Secondary School extends the popular Learning to Teach Foreign Languages in the Secondary School by providing detailed examples of theory in practice, based on the most up-to-date research and practice, as well as links to relevant sources supporting evidence-informed practice.  It is an essential compendium of support and ideas for all those embarking upon their first steps in a successful career in teaching foreign languages.

Table of Contents

Section 1: Key Pedagogical Issues and Planning  1. Communicative Approaches to Modern Foreign Language Teaching and Using Target Language Elspeth Broady  2. Planning for Effective Language Learning Ana Redondo  3. Presenting New Vocabulary and Structures Sue Field  4. Developing Modern Foreign Language Skills through Formative Assessment Trevor Mutton  Section 2: Developing Key Skills, Knowledge and Understanding  5. Developing Modern Foreign Language Listening Skills Gary Chambers  6. Developing Speaking Skills in the Modern Foreign Language Suzanne Graham  7. Developing Reading and Writing Skills Elisabeth Lazarus  8. Grammar in the Modern Foreign Language Classroom Lynne Meiring and Nigel Norman  9. Intercultural Perspectives on Foreign Language Learning Prue Holmes  10. Supporting Foreign Language Learning through Homework Marilyn Hunt  11. Motivating Foreign Language Learners Amanda Barton  12. Technology-enhanced Modern Foreign Language Teaching and Learning Norbert Pachler  Section 3: Broader Perspectives  13. PMFL Nalini Boodhoo  14. Teaching and Learning Less Widely Taught Languages Jim Anderson  15. Working with Other Adults Inside and Outside the Classroom Ana Redondo  16. Reflective Practice through Teacher Research Mike Calvert

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Norbert Pachler is Professor of Education at the Institute of Education, University of London, UK.

Ana Redondo is Senior Lecturer in Education and Subject Leader, Secondary PGCE in Modern Languages at the University of Bedfordshire, UK.