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The Routledge Handbook of English Language Teaching

1st Edition

Edited by Graham Hall


592 pages

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The Routledge Handbook of English Language Teaching is the definitive reference volume for postgraduate and advanced undergraduate students of Applied Linguistics, ELT/TESOL, and Language Teacher Education, and for ELT professionals engaged in in-service teacher development and/or undertaking academic study.

Progressing from ‘broader’ contextual issues to a ‘narrower’ focus on classrooms and classroom discourse, the volume’s inter-related themes focus on:

  • ELT in the world: contexts and goals
  • planning and organising ELT: curriculum, resources and settings
  • methods and methodology: perspectives and practices
  • second language learning and learners
  • teaching language: knowledge, skills and pedagogy
  • understanding the language classroom.

The Handbook’s 39 chapters are written by leading figures in ELT from around the world. Mindful of the diverse pedagogical, institutional and social contexts for ELT, they convincingly present the key issues, areas of debate and dispute, and likely future developments in ELT from an applied linguistics perspective.

Throughout the volume, readers are encouraged to develop their own thinking and practice in contextually appropriate ways, assisted by discussion questions and suggestions for further reading that accompany every chapter.

Advisory board: Guy Cook, Diane Larsen-Freeman, Amy Tsui, and Steve Walsh


'English language teaching (ELT) is now an immensely complex field of research and practice. This volume admirably captures the scope of the major themes that must now underpin informed ELT. Researchers, teacher educators and teachers alike will gain immensely from being able to refer to such a comprehensive and authoritative collection.' Anne Burns, University of New South Wales, Australia

'Suitable for all readers looking to enhance their academic, professional and practical skills, this eclectic collection will provide much-needed material and inspiration.' Maja Milatovic, ANU College, Canberra, Australia, English Australia Journal

'… it will also no doubt, stimulate professional and academic reflection on the key issues facing ELT. I for one will be certainly using this Handbook with my post-graduate students although even undergraduates in the field of language would benefit considerably.' J.A. Foley, Assumption University, Thailand

'The editor of the volume has lined up an impressive array of accomplished scholars to help him do justice to the formidable task he has set himself to do. And, to be sure, the outcome is a truly great volume of papers of encyclopedic proportions that provides the reader with an up-to-date survey of key areas of research, both historically and currently of interest, to myriads of ELT professionals as well as other interested researchers in the field of applied linguistics.' Kanavillil Rajagopalan, Word

Table of Contents


List of tables and figures

List of contributors


Introduction: English language teaching in the contemporary world

Graham Hall

PART I: ELT in the world: contexts and goals

  1. World Englishes and English as a Lingua Franca: a changing context for ELT
  2. Philip Seargeant

  3. Politics, power relationships and ELT
  4. Alastair Pennycook

  5. Language and culture in ELT
  6. Claire Kramsch and Zhu Hua

  7. ‘Native speakers’, English and ELT: changing perspectives
  8. Enric Llurda

  9. Educational perspectives on ELT: society and the individual; traditional, progressive and transformative
  10. Graham Crookes

    PART II: Planning and organising ELT: curriculum, resources and settings

  11. Language curriculum design: possibilities and realities
  12. Kathleen Graves

  13. ELT materials: claims, critiques and controversies
  14. John Gray

  15. Dealing with the demands of language testing and assessment
  16. Glenn Fulcher and Nathaniel Owen

  17. Language teacher education
  18. Karen E. Johnson

  19. New technologies, blended learning and the ‘flipped classroom’ in ELT
  20. Paul Gruba, Don Hinkelman and Mónica Stella Cárdenas-Claros

  21. English for specific purposes
  22. Sue Starfield

  23. English for academic purposes
  24. Helen Basturkmen and Rosemary Wette

  25. English for speakers of other languages: language education and migration
  26. James Simpson

  27. Bilingual education in a multilingual world
  28. Kevin S. Carroll and Mary Carol Combs

    PART III: Methods and methodology: perspectives and practices

  29. Method, methods and methodology: historical trends and current debates
  30. Graham Hall

  31. Communicative language teaching in theory and in practice
  32. Scott Thornbury

  33. Task-based language teaching
  34. Kris Van den Branden

  35. Content and language integrated learning
  36. Tom Morton

  37. Appropriate methodology: towards a cosmopolitan approach
  38. Adrian Holliday

    PART IV: Second language learning and learners

  39. Cognitive perspectives on classroom language learning
  40. Laura Collins and Emma Marsden

  41. Sociocultural theory and the language classroom
  42. Eduardo Negueruela-Azarola and Próspero N. García

  43. Individual differences
  44. Peter D. MacIntyre, Tammy Gregersen and Richard Clément

  45. Motivation
  46. Martin Lamb

  47. Learner autonomy
  48. Phil Benson

  49. Primary ELT: issues and trends
  50. Janet Enever

  51. Secondary ELT: issues and trends
  52. Annamaria Pinter

    PART V: Teaching language: knowledge, skills and pedagogy

  53. Corpora in ELT
  54. Ana Frankenberg-Garcia

  55. Language awareness
  56. Agneta Svalberg

  57. Teaching language as a system
  58. Dilin Liu and Robert Nelson

  59. Teaching language skills
  60. Jonathan Newton

  61. Teaching literacy
  62. Amos Paran and Catherine Wallace

  63. Using literature in ELT
  64. Geoff Hall

    PART VI: Focus on the language classroom

  65. Complexity and language teaching
  66. Sarah Mercer

  67. Classroom talk, interaction and collaboration
  68. Steve Walsh and Li Li

  69. Errors, corrective feedback and repair: variations and learning outcomes
  70. Alison Mackey, Hae In Park and Kaitlyn M. Tagarelli

  71. Questioning ‘English-only’ classrooms: own-language use in ELT
  72. Philip Kerr

  73. Teaching large classes in difficult circumstances
  74. Fauzia Shamim and Kuchah Kuchah

  75. Computer-mediated communication and language learning
  76. Richard Kern, Paige Daniel Ware and Mark Warschauer

  77. Values in the ELT classroom

Julia Menard-Warwick, Miki Mori, Anna Reznik and Daniel Moglen

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