1st Edition

Teaching Modern Foreign Languages in Secondary Schools
A Reader

Edited By

Ann Swarbrick

ISBN 9780415260756
Published October 11, 2002 by Routledge
336 Pages

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Book Description

A companion to Aspects of Teaching Secondary Modern Foreign Languages, this book charts developments during the past few decades of reform in MFL teaching, considering the origins of these reforms and analysing their impact on the classroom. The reader is divided into four sections: 'Controversies and disagreements' is an overview of changes to MFL teaching and learning during the last thirty years; 'MFL, schools and society' looks at the role of MFL in a wider social and educational context; 'Developing strategy' looks at how more effective MFL teaching might be achieved; 'Research and the MFL teacher' looks at the implications for classroom practice of recent research into MFL teaching and Learning.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Controversies and Disagreements 1. Positioning MFL Teaching in Schools: Issues and Debates 2. Drop-out from Language Study at age 16+: A historical Perspective 3. Thirty Years of Change 4. If You Can't Beat Them...The Politics and Impact of the GCSE and Coursework Part 2: MFL, Schools and Society 5. Stereotypes, Prejudice and Tolerance 6. Language Teaching, Citizenship, Human Rights Education and Intercultural Education 7. The Role of Modern Languages within a Language in Education Policy 8. Change: Looking Beyond Europe Part 3: Developing Strategy Communicative Grammar Teaching 10. Towards a Reconceptualisation of the MFL Curriculum 11. Developing Learning Strategies: Strategy Use in the Teaching and Learning of Modern Foreign Languages 12. Treading a Tightrope: Supporting Boys to Achieve in Modern Foreign Languages 13. The Potential Impact of the National Literacy Strategy on Modern Foreign Language Learning 14. Learning about effective Teaching: Observations from a Teacher Educator Part 4: Research and the MFL Teacher 15. The Impact of Languages Research on Classroom Practice 16. The Invisible Child 17. Learning Styles: The Gender Effect 18. Spanish and English: Two Wyas of Writing, Two Ways of Reading

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