1st Edition

Learner-Centered English Language Education The Selected Works of David Nunan

By David Nunan Copyright 2013

    This carefully crafted collection provides a snapshot of the evolution of David Nunan‘s theoretical and empirical contributions to the field of second language education over the last 40 years. The volume focuses on the development of his work on second language curricula, and in particular, the work for which he is best known: learner-centered education and task-based learning and teaching. David Nunan has been a language teacher, researcher and consultant for 40 years. He has lived and worked in many countries, principally in the Asia-Pacific region, but also in the Americas, Europe and the Middle-East. In addition to his research and scholarly work, he is the author of several major textbook series for the teaching and learning of English as a foreign Language. These texts are based on his task-based language teaching approach, and are widely used in schools, school systems and universities around the world.

    Introduction  Part I: The Second / Foreign Language Curriculum  1. Learner-Centred Curriculum Development  2. Communicative tasks and the language curriculum  3. Conceptualizing Second Language Teaching and Learning  4. Seven hypotheses about second language teaching and learning  5. Closing the gap between learning and instruction  6. Focus on form in task-based language teaching   7. Task-based Language Teaching and Learning  8. The impact of English as a global language on educational policies and practices in the Asia-Pacific region  Part II: Language and Culture  9. Discourse and language systems  10. Doing things with spoken language   11. Learner narratives in research and teaching  12. Dog rice and cultural dissonance   13. What does it mean to be ‘language aware’?  Part III: Teachers and Teaching  14. Toward a collaborative approach to curriculum development: A case study   15. Hidden voices: Insiders’ perspectives on classroom interaction  16. Action Research and Professional Renewal 


    David Nunan is Vice-President: Academic, Anaheim University, USA; Professor Emeritus of Applied Linguistics, University of Hong Kong; Honorary Professor in Education, University of New South Wales, Australia; and Distinguished Visiting Professor, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok.