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Effective Curriculum for Teaching L2 Writing
Principles and Techniques

ISBN 9780203830154
Published February 20, 2015 by Routledge
314 Pages

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Book Description

Effective Curriculum for Teaching L2 Writing sets out a clear big picture for curricular thinking about L2 writing pedagogy and offers a step-by-step guide to curriculum design with practical examples and illustrations. Its main purpose is to help pre-service and practicing teachers design courses for teaching academic writing and to do this as efficiently and effectively as possible. Bringing together the what and the how-to with research-based principles, what sets this book apart is its overarching focus on language pedagogy and language building.

Part 1 examines curricular foundations in general and focuses on what is socially valued in L2 writing and pedagogy at school and at the college and university level. Part 2 is concerned with the nitty-gritty̶—the daily realities of curricular design and classroom instruction. Part 3 takes a close look at the key pedagogical ingredients of teaching academic L2 writing: vocabulary and collocations, grammar for academic writing, and down-to-earth techniques for helping L2 writers to organize discourse and ideas. The Appendix provides an extensive checklist for developing curricula for a course or several courses in language teaching.

Table of Contents

Preface. Acknowledgements. Part I. Curriculum Foundations for L2 Writing and Language. Chapter 1.  Introduction:  Effective Teaching and the Curriculum. Chapter 2.  What's Valued in School Writing and Language. Chapter 3.  What's Valued in College and University Academic Writing. Chapter 4.  Second Language Writing and Language Learning. Part II. Curriculum Design for L2 Writing and Language Building. Chapter 5.  How to Design Effective Curricula for Language and Writing Courses. Chapter 6.  Choosing Teaching Materials and Adapting Textbooks. Part III. Language-focused Curriculum Elements. Chapter 7.  Language Focus:  Teaching Academic Vocabulary, Collocations, and Pre-Fabs. Chapter 8.  Language Focus:  Teaching Academic Grammar for Writing. Chapter 9.  Language Focus:  From Text to Discourse. Appendix.

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Eli Hinkel is Professor, Linguistics and MA-TESL Programs, Seattle Pacific University, USA.