Focus on Grammar and Meaning
Focus on Grammar and Meaning
Focus on Grammar and Meaning explores how to teach grammar effectively to second or foreign language learners aged 5-18.
- ISBN: 978-0-19-400085-7
Oxford Key Concepts for the Language Classroom focuses on key topics for teaching English as a second or foreign language. These instructional guides are informed by research in second language acquisition and language pedagogy, and show the relevance of theory to the practising teacher.
This series is for teachers of English as a second or foreign language for learners aged 5-18. It is suitable for students working towards MA TESOL, graduate certificate, or diploma qualifications, and for practising teachers’ professional development programs.
- Explores how to teach grammar effectively to second or foreign language learners aged 5-18.
- Provides teachers with research insights that will help them to reflect on their classroom practice and enable them to experiment with different ways of teaching grammar.
Taking a 'systemic-functional' approach, the authors emphasize the importance of linking language and meaning in teaching. Key research studies on grammar instruction are featured, examples from real classroom practice are discussed, and activities are provided to help teachers relate the content to their own teaching context.
Additional online resoruces at www.oup.com/elt/teacher/fogm
- "Focus on Grammar and Meaning illustrates the centrality of language in the life of classrooms. I recommend this excellent and engaging book not only to specialist second language teachers but to all teachers who want to learn more about how the language of their classrooms impacts on student learning."
- Dr Pauline Gibbons, Associate Professor, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
- "The innovative Oxford Key
Concepts for the Language Classroom
series links research and practice, and focuses on learners aged five to eighteen. This book draws on work by the linguist Michael Halliday and argues for a functional approach to grammar. This does not follow a traditional list of grammatical structures. Instead, teachers start with a focus on meaning, then help students to explore the grammatical forms which make that meaning, such as connectors and referencing. A useful glossary explains relevant terms such as noticing, metalanguage and
recasting - feedback which reformulates learner errors. The insights provided into a meaning-based approach to grammar should be of interest to all language teachers. The final chapter 'What we know now' is particularly helpful. This book is practical, challenging, and well argued."
- EL Gazette November 2015
- "...anchors grammar teaching in the wider context of the learning goals that teachers have for their students... the book covers many aspects of a complicated
subject in a
readable and accessible way, and I can recommend it to anyone tasked with the job of teaching grammar in primary and secondary schools."
- English Teaching Professional