An Introduction to Foreign Language Learning and Teaching provides an engaging, student-friendly guide to the field of foreign language learning and teaching. Aimed at students with no background in the area and taking a task-based approach, this book:
Written by an experienced teacher and author, An Introduction to Foreign Language Learning and Teaching is essential reading for students beginning their study in the area, as well as teachers in training and those already working in the field.
'This updated and revised book provides a thorough, entertaining and extremely well-written introduction to current ideas and developments in TESOL and applied linguistics. The book is full of stimulating activities and ideas for reading and will be successful in prompting teachers to be both critical and reflective.'
Steve Mann, University of Warwick, UK
'Keith Johnson has done an excellent job in making the work so accessible and engaging while providing readers with an in-depth theoretical perspective. The book is also full of good questions and useful activities which will help its readers become reflective and efficient language teachers.'
Qiuping Gao, Capital University of Economics and Business, China
'I used to teach from the first, then the second edition of Johnson’s "Introduction" in my pre- and in-service training courses. And now I’ll use the third one, which has been updated and substantially revised, whilst remaining thorough, wise and, above all, entertaining.'
Péter Medgyes, Eötvös Lorand University, Hungary
Part 1 BACKGROUND
1 Five learners and five methods
2 What is there to learn?
3 Some views of language and language learning
Part 2 LEARNING
4 Learners and their errors
5 Input, interaction and output
6 Some learning processes
7 Individual language learners: some differences
8 Good language learners and what they do
PART 3 TEACHING
9 Language teaching: a brisk walk through recent times
11 Plans and programmes
12 Ways and means
15 When all has been said: preparing and managing lessons
Learning about Language is an exciting and ambitious series of introductions to fundamental topics in language, linguistics and related areas. The books are designed for students of linguistics and those who are studying language as part of a wider course.
This series was co-founded by Mick Short and Geoffrey Leech. It is now edited by Brian Walker and Willem Hollmann who continue to consult with Mick Short.