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Approaches and Methods in Language Teaching (Cambridge Language Teaching Library) [Paperback]

Jack C. Richards , Theodore S. Rodgers
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March 12, 2001 0521008433 978-0521008433 2
This second edition is an extensive revision of this successful text. Like the first edition, it surveys the major approaches and methods in language teaching, such as grammar translation, audiolingualism, communicative language teaching, and the natural approach. The text examines each approach and method in terms of its theory of language and language learning, goals, syllabus, teaching activities, teacher and learner roles, materials, and classroom techniques. The second edition includes new chapters on topics such as whole language, multiple intelligences, neurolinguistic programming, competency-based language teaching, cooperative language learning, content-based instruction, task-based language teaching, and the Post-Methods Era. Teachers and teachers-in-training will enjoy reading this comprehensive survey and analysis of the major and minor teaching methods used around the world. The book seeks not only to clarify the assumptions behind these methods and their similarities and differences, but also to help teachers explore their own beliefs and practices in language teaching.

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' ... one of the most objective accounts of these methods that one is likely to find anywhere ...' Cross Currents --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Book Description

This new edition surveys the major approaches and methods in language teaching.

Product Details

  • Series: Cambridge Language Teaching Library
  • Paperback: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (March 12, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521008433
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521008433
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 9.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Professor Jack C. Richards is an internationally recognized authority on English-language acquisition, teacher training, and materials design. A well-known lecturer and consultant, he has taught at universities in the United States, China, Singapore, New Zealand, Canada, Indonesia, and Brazil. Professor Richards' many successful publications include the Interchange series, Approaches and Methods in Language Teaching, and Curriculum Development in Language Teaching.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Organised and No Frills March 7, 2007
Unlike some books on English language teaching, "Approaches and Methods" by Richards and Rodgers is a logically organised, relatively jargon-free and easily grasped book. It is almost certain you will not be diving for the headache tablets after this book.

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.
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41 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wrong table of contents February 21, 2002
The table of contents that Amazon has listed here is from the 1986 edition and is very misleading and an injustice to this important and valuable book. The new 2001 edition has 19 chapters and is very expanded and reorganised to include many new communicative approaches. Look at another online bookseller for a proper table of contents.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Overview of Teaching Methods March 6, 2007
By Shane
This book provides a great overview of all of the major, and some of the minor, approaches to language teaching. This book is laid out into three major sections. In the first section the authors deal with major trends in twentieth century language teaching. This gives an excellent historical look at where language teaching has come from and the thought process that accompanied such trends. The second sections deals with alternative approaches and methods. These include TPR, suggesopedia, whole language, etc. These methods are not commonly used on their own anymore, but used in small ways in overall teaching. The last section is current communicative approach. This is a great chapter on the origin of communicative teaching and how it has changed over the last 20 years.

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good theoretical overview on language teaching June 19, 2009
I read this book for my graduate class and also used for my private group study. Overall this book is an excellent theoretical overview of various approaches and methods of teaching languages, especially English.

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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Like Watching Paint Dry! November 13, 2011
While I do think that this book does offer some valuable information, I also think that a reader can only get so much information out of a book that is thoroughly unenjoyable to read. The book would be far more effective if reading it wasn't such a painful task. The material is very dry and many of the explanations within the text are very unclear. I found myself reading the same pages over and over again because the book just couldn't hold my attention . Overall, I do not recommend this book. It's far too dull to get much out of.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very complete July 6, 2009
By Julia
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It's a very detailed book for those who would like to have a general idea about some of the most traditional approaches and methodologies in Language teaching. I like it very much.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatly surprised April 5, 2008
This book surprised me greatly. I was familiar with the first edition of the book. When I bought the book I expected improvements in this second edition, but to my surprise the improvements were a lot more than I had expected. I highly recommend the book for any trainer or trainee.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre book for a graduate class July 27, 2012
By John
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I am not at all impressed with this book. It's the required book for a graduate class I'm taking, Teaching a 2nd Language. I have never in my life seen so many quotes in a text book. I would say there are at least 5-6 on each page with at least one being so long, it can't be put into quotation marks, but rather has to be set off in small font with an indented margin. It also bothers me that in most of the quotes, information is omitted. It seems like a paraphrase would have been more practical. Also, like I mentioned, I'm using this book in a graduate class, but I feel like it goes entirely too deep into the background of the methodologies with very little emphasis put on explanation of the process of the methodologies. I'm sure there has to be a better book in print.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful information for any teacher
This book is geared for language teachers, however, there is information about multiple intelligences, and theories that focus on what affects student learning. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Melanie J.
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice
I got really good quality even it is used book. The box is a bit small but it didn't damage the book
Published 18 days ago by Muslin Nasatorn
5.0 out of 5 stars great!
aside from using it in the classroom, the book gave me new perspective on how to teach second language learners.
Published 3 months ago by desirae
5.0 out of 5 stars great!
It is awesome! A brand new book, I love it. The pages are clean, the printing is clear. Good good.
Published 4 months ago by Aaron.Sun
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
This book is amazing. It has every method known to teachers. I highly recommend this book for student teachers because it will explain clearly every method we can use inside the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by shopaholic12
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Easy to read, complete and full of very useful examples.
Recommended for everyone wanting to know a more about Language Teaching methods without much linguistic jargon.
Published 11 months ago by Erika
3.0 out of 5 stars A nice summary of ideas
Well written, concise, informative. A nice mellow read for those in the L2 profession, or those looking to enter it.
Published 13 months ago by mra
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for reference!
Let me just say that in response to one of the negative reveiws that this book is not meant to be "enjoyed". Read more
Published 21 months ago by puravidalover
5.0 out of 5 stars Leitura obrigatória pelo professor de língua
Richard e Rodgers ([1986]2006) apresentam um histórico das transformações ocorridas na área de ensino de língua inglesa apresentando de forma muita clara e... Read more
Published on April 16, 2012 by Mauro Uchoa
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Book
Interesting book where you will find diverses methodologies and approaches most used through the history. Read more
Published on December 17, 2011 by Bellavista
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