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1st Edition

Issues in Modern Foreign Languages Teaching

Edited By

K. Field

ISBN 9780415230643
Published January 22, 2001 by Routledge
320 Pages

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Book Description

Issues in Modern Foreign Languages Teaching draws together a range of issues in the teaching of modern foreign languages into one volume that will encourage students and newly qualified teachers to consider and reflect on the issues so that they can make a reasoned and informed judgement about their teaching of MFL. It will be relevant for students and newly qualified teachers at both primary and secondary level and will fill a gap in their knowledge due to time constraints - and an emphasis on standards - on ITT and PGCE courses.

Table of Contents

1. The Changing Place of MFLs in the Curriculum 2. Re-examining Communicative Language Teaching 3. Why Learn a Foreign Language 4. Which Language? - An Embarrassment of Choice 5. At What Age Should Foreign Language Learning Begin? 6. The Unique Contribution of MFLs to the Curriculum 7. Why Teach MFLs to the Lower Ability? 8. Modern Foreign Languages and Able Learners 9. Ability Setting Versus Mixed Ability 10. Why are Girls Better at MFLs than Boys? 11. Teaching Grammer in the MFLs Classroom 12. How Important is Cultural Awareness? 13. Issues in Target Language Teaching . And It All Ended in Tiers 15. Technology and the Tools of Communication 16. Towards Independent Language Use and Language Learning 17. Literature in the Communicative Classroom 18. Prestige and Profile of MFLs 19. Language Transfer and the MFL classroom

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'Teachers who want to review what has happened in the world of modern languages teaching over the past two decades will find this collection a useful starting point.  - Michael Grenfell, Times Educational Supplement

'This excellent and thought-provoking book...The contributions are fully grounded in research and reflective practice, and will, one hopes, redress what Coyle refers to as the demise of foreign language learning in the previous decade", provide a vital re-injection of theory into teaching and teacher training and re-energise a jaded methodology.' - Nigel Norman, ALL Language Learning Journal