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Approaches and Methods in Language Teaching (Cambridge Language Teaching Library) 2nd Edition
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Covering a large range of the historical and current second language teaching methodologies, the book discusses methods in a logical format that is the same throughout. They discuss three broad areas: Approach, (the theories and ideas underpinning the method), Design, (roles, materials and so on), and Procedure, (what happens in the classroom). This makes each chapter exceptionally well-organised.
The book covers a lot of different methods, including those that are less in favour these days, as well as some that are more recent. However, some very recent developments are not included, such as the controversial Dogme of Thornbury and Medding. What *is* in the book includes Suggestopaedia, TPR, NLP, Natural Way, Multiple Intelligences and more. All of them come with a brief discussion on the background that they came from.
This is an incredibly valuable book for a run down on the methodologies that have come and gone, (some still on the way out). It is an excellent resource that serves well as a reference, or something to be read from cover-to-cover. Or both.
What is really useful in this book is its layout. Each method is titled in the table of contents for easy access. Then once you are at the appropriate chapter it is subtitled with such useful headings as: approach, method, design, teacher's role, student's role, and types of activities. This really made each method easy to understand and see how it would work in the classroom.
Pro - very systematic and organized. A good book to start with. Various kinds of resources.
Con - Too theoretical. If you are not an experienced teacher, you might want to start with Teacher's Handbook: Contextualized Language Instruction. Also, because it's all text-based, it's sometimes hard to understand what it's talking about. The authors might better help readers by adding video clips of different methods and approaches.
I recommend this book.
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This book is geared for language teachers, however, there is information about multiple intelligences, and theories that focus on what affects student learning. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Melanie J.
I got really good quality even it is used book. The box is a bit small but it didn't damage the bookPublished 23 months ago by Muslin Nasatorn
aside from using it in the classroom, the book gave me new perspective on how to teach second language learners.Published on April 12, 2014 by desirae
It is awesome! A brand new book, I love it. The pages are clean, the printing is clear. Good good.Published on March 14, 2014 by Aaron.Sun