Fundamental Concepts of Language Teaching

Fundamental Concepts of Language Teaching

Historical and Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Applied Linguistic Research

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Professor Stern puts applied linguistics research into its historical and interdisciplinary perspective. He gives an authoritative survey of past developments worldwide and establishes a set of guidelines for the future. There are six parts: Clearing the Ground, Historical Perspectives, Concepts of Language, Concepts of Society, Concepts of Language Learning, and Concepts of Language Teaching.

  • ISBN: 978-0-19-437065-3

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The series attracts single or co-authored volumes from authors researching at the cutting edge of this dynamic field of interdisciplinary enquiry. The titles range from books that make such developments accessible to the non-specialist reader to those which explore in depth their relevance for the way language is to be conceived as a subject, and how courses and classroom activities are to be designed. As such, these books not only extend the field of applied linguistics itself and lend an additional significance to its enquiries, but also provide an indispensable professional foundation for language pedagogy and its practice.

The scope of the series includes:
  • second language acquisition
  • bilingualism and multi/plurilingualism
  • language pedagogy and teacher education
  • testing and assessment
  • language planning and policy
  • language internationalization
  • technology-mediated communication
  • discourse-, conversation-, and contrastive-analysis
  • pragmatics
  • stylistics
  • lexicography
  • translation



PART ONE: Clearing the ground

1 Talking about language teaching

2 Theory and practice

3 Towards a conceptual framework

4 Research

PART TWO: Historical perspectives

5 Approaches and studies

6 A sketch of recent and current trends: 1880-1980

PART THREE: Concepts of language

7 Trends in linguistic theory

8 Linguistic theory and language teaching: emergence of a relationship

9 Linguistic theory and language teaching: reassessment and current status

PART FOUR: Concepts of society

10 Society, culture, and language

11 Aspects of sociolinguistics

12 The social sciences and the second language curriculum

13 The sociology of language teaching and learning

PART FIVE: Concepts of language learning

14 Psychological approaches to language and learning

15 Development of a psychological perspective in language teaching: a selective review

16 Models of second language learning and the concept of proficiency

17 Learner factors

18 Conditions of learning and the learning process

PART SIX: Concepts of language teaching

19 The study of education and its relevance to language teaching

20 Language teaching theories as theories of teaching method

21 The break with the method concept

22 An educational interpretation of language teaching

Bibliography and citation index