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1st Edition

Modern Languages Across the Curriculum

Edited By

Michael Grenfell

ISBN 9780415254830
Published August 2, 2002 by Routledge
232 Pages

USD $56.95

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Book Description

This book sets out the agenda for the future of modern language teaching in schools. It aims to look beyond the dominant methods of second language teaching to a new approach emphasising the integration of language learning within the wider curriculum. Through research and case studies from the UK, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Belgium and Finland, the book shows how teachers and policy makers are increasingly moving towards a system where second languages are taught through other curriculum subjects, rather than alongside them. Key areas covered are:
* recent trends and issues in the teaching and learning of modern foreign languages
* the rationale for integrating languages across the curriculum
* how cross-curricular language teaching is developing across Europe
* practical materials and useful ideas for teachers and policy makers
This timely book will interest all foreign language teachers, particularly those on in-service or higher level degree courses. It will also be useful reading for student teachers and educators, and policy makers, internationally.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Part 1: Modern Languages Across the Curriculum: Theory and Rationale 2. A Historical Perspective 3. Theoretical Justifications Part 2: Modern Languages Across the Curriculum: Practical Case Examples 4. France 5. Belgium 6. Germany 7. Finland 8. Italy 9. Spain Part 3: Modern Languages Across the Curriculum: In Practice 10. Practical Materials Part 4: Modern Languages Across the Curriculum: Teacher Education 11. Teacher Education 12. Teacher Education: Practical Materials

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Michael Grenfell is Senior Lecturer and Research Co-ordinator at the Research and Graduate School of Education at the University of Southampton. He has been a languages teacher and is an experienced teacher trainer and researcher


Reviewed with Apects of Teaching Secondary Modern Foreign Languages Edited by Ann Swarbrick'These two volumes represent state-of-the-art thinking.''It provides an impressively researched critique of current versions of communicative language teaching and a fascinating snapshot of development in "content and language integrated learning" from six European countries. - Nigel Norman, Teacher, TES

'The book, as a whole, may be of interest to researchers who will find MLAC to be a surprisingly unresearched area whose processes and outcomes need to be empirically addressed The present volume is also a necessary reference point for anyone involved in language education in Europe. The array of schools that are presently engaged in MLAC, as shown in the national case studies section, is impressive, and this seems to indicate that this instructional mode can only grow in importance in the near future.' - Elsa Tragant, Language Teaching Research