Aspects of Language Teaching

Aspects of Language Teaching

Format: Paperback

Professor Widdowson provides a critical review of the most prominent issues in language teaching today - among them the relevance of theoretical enquiry to practical pedagogy, and the relationship between grammar and discourse in communicative language teaching. He relates these issues to general perspectives on the nature of language and language learning.

  • ISBN: 978-0-19-437128-5

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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: The theory and practice of language teaching

1 Introduction

2 Problems with solutions

3 The pragmatics of language teaching

4 Pedagogic research and teacher education

PART TWO: Aspects of language

5 Preliminaries: approaches to description

6 Grammar, and nonsense, and learning

7 The negotiation of meaning

PART THREE: Aspects of teaching

8 General perspectives on pedagogy

9 The problems and principles of syllabus design

10 Methodology for the teaching of meaning

11 The roles of teacher and learner