Teaching English to Second Language Learners in Academic Contexts: Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Teaching English to Second Language Learners in Academic Contexts

Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking, 1st Edition

By Jonathan M. Newton, Dana R. Ferris, Christine C.M. Goh, William Grabe, Fredricka L. Stoller, Larry Vandergrift


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Teaching English to Second Language Learners in Academic Contexts: Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking provides the fundamental knowledge that ESL and EFL teachers need to teach the four language skills. This foundational text, written by internationally renowned experts in the field, explains why skills-based teaching is at the heart of effective instruction in English for academic purposes (EAP) contexts. Each of the four main sections of the book helps readers understand how each skill—reading, writing, listening, and speaking—works and explains what research has to say about successful skill performance. Pedagogically focused chapters apply this information to principles for EAP curriculum design and to instructional activities and tasks adaptable in a wide range of language-learning contexts. Options for assessment and the role of digital technologies are considered for each skill, and essential information on integrated-skill instruction is provided. Moving from theory to practice, this teacher-friendly text is an essential resource for courses in TESOL programs, for in-service teacher-training seminars, and for practicing EAP teachers who want to upgrade their teaching abilities and knowledge bases.


"This volume uniquely brings together practical applications of theory and research on teaching the four language skills. It is written by experts in the field who understand what teachers need for their practice."

--Denise Murray, Macquarie University, Australia

"This book offers a critical perspective of the teaching and assessment of the four language skills. It is research-informed and inspiring as it focuses on a variety of topics and tasks to offer an understanding of how reading, writing, listening and speaking can be taught and learned effectively. It is a useful resource, with an accessible treatment of theoretical contents and a well-balance combination of theory, practical illustration and pedagogical insights into the teaching/learning of the four language skills."

--Carmen Perez-Llantada, University of Zaragoza, Spain

"“…[T]this volume is written in a clear and readable-friendly style, providing an accessible resource for pre-service and in-service teachers keen on the teaching of the four language skils within EAP….[T]his book captures a wide range of topics and synthesizes them from various sources, focusing on the dimensions of pedagogical principles, instructional activities and assessment options for L2 teaching….In view of this, we strongly recommend it as an inspirational resource book for EAP and L2 teachers, curriculum designers as well as graduate students who have research and professional interests in the field of ESL teaching in academic contexts.”

--Journal of English for Academic Purposes 37 (2019) pp. 170 -172

"Overall, this book offers a professional understanding of language skills teaching and development in the EAP context. The sections will not only inform the experience-based actions undertaken by English teachers, but enlighten the theoretical considerations involving the linkage among the teacher’s profession, instructional methods, academic contexts, and students’ individual characteristics."

--Xing Wei, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, Tesol Quarterly

Table of Contents

1. Teaching Language Skills in EAP Contexts

Section 1: Introduction to Reading

2. How Reading Comprehension Works

3. Building an Effective Reading Curriculum: Guiding Principles

4. Reading: Instructional Activities and Assessment Options

Section 2: Introduction to writing

5. Writing in a Second Language

6. Building a Writing Curriculum and Developing Strategic Writers

7. Writing: Instructional Activities, Feedback, and Assessment Options  

Section 3: Introduction to Listening

8. How Listening Comprehension Works

9. Building a Listening Curriculum

10. Listening: Instructional activities and assessment options

Section 4: Introduction to Speaking

11. Speaking in a Second Language

12. Building an Effective Speaking Curriculum: Guiding Principles

13. Speaking: Instructional Activities and Assessment Options

14. Language Skill Development and EAP: A Reflection on Seven Key Themes

About the Authors

Jonathan M. Newton is Associate Professor and Director of the MA TESOL program at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

Dana R. Ferris is Professor of Writing and Associate Director of ESL at the University of California, Davis, USA.

Christine C. M. Goh is Professor of Linguistics and Language Education at the National Institute of Education at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

William Grabe is Regents’ Professor of Applied Linguistics at Northern Arizona University, USA.

Fredricka L. Stoller is Professor of English and Applied Linguistics at Northern Arizona University, USA.

Larry Vandergrift was Professor Emeritus from the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute at the University of Ottawa, Canada.

About the Series

ESL & Applied Linguistics Professional Series

This series provides essential texts on teaching English as a second language and applied linguistics. It includes authored and edited volumes to be used as primary or supplementary texts in graduate-level and teacher training courses to enhance students’ and practicing teachers’ professional qualifications and knowledge. Each text is designed to promote the current and growing body of knowledge in applied linguistics and second language teaching, including advances in teacher education and the study of language.

Specifically, the series includes, but is not limited to, current uses of applied linguistics research in teaching a variety of second language skills, such as reading, writing, speaking and listening; materials and curriculum design; literacy; English for academic purposes; and research methods.

The texts also deal with broad domains of professional preparation related to socio-cultural perspectives and current issues/topics in teaching and learning a second language.

Books in the series benefit not only students, but experienced teachers, curriculum developers, teacher trainers, program administrators, and other second and foreign language professionals seeking to advance and update their knowledge and expertise.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY / English as a Second Language