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Teaching ESL/EFL Listening and Speaking (ESL & Applied Linguistics Professional Series) Paperback – August 15, 2008

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ISBN-13: 978-0415989701 ISBN-10: 0415989701 Edition: 1st

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About the Author

I.S.P. Nation is Professor of Applied Linguistics in the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand.

Jonathan Newton is a senior lecturer in the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand.

 

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  • Series: ESL & Applied Linguistics Professional Series
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (August 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415989701
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415989701
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #495,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Monica M. Roberts on April 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is very cool for ESL/EFL teachers of all backgrounds because the language has been kept simple and is free from academic jargon. I read it from cover-to-cover and will use it to plan lessons in an English language school in Japan. I lent this book to a friend at a Japanese university and he found it very useful too. His colleagues gave him good feedback on it - a couple of them occasionally grab it to gain quick ideas for lessons that require little planning and few resources. This book is unlike many practical listening and speaking textbooks because it is based on sound ESL/EFL theory. It is also unlike many academic textbooks because it contains lots of practical suggestions. The balance between theory and practice is nice. I can`t wait to get the accompanying reading and writing book.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By newzild on June 16, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book and its companion volume (Teaching ESL/EFL Reading and Writing) were the core texts of two courses I took for my MA Applied Linguistics. The central tenet of the books is that EFL/ESL classroom learning should consist of equal amounts of the "four strands" of language learning - meaningful input, meaningful output, fluency, and direct attention to language items.

Compared with the other required texts I read while completing my MA, this book is highly pedagogically relevant (ie: some of the suggestions appear to be actually useful for classroom teachers).

The book contains a lot of suggestions for teachers in terms of tasks and activities. It gives a brief description of the research that underpins the suggestions and also suggests further reading material that might prove useful for writing essays and assignments at university level.

Having said that, I have found that I've used very few of the suggestions in my job as an EFL teacher at a South Korean elementary school. The reason is that the book focuses on specific tasks and activities, rather than explaining how to develop lesson plans that incorporate those tasks/activities. In other words, the book has a narrow focus.

I think this is an excellent book for academic courses and teachers who want some ideas for activities, but somewhat less useful for teachers seeking an overall guide to effective EFL/ESL teaching.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. G. Sincebaugh on August 6, 2010
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I bought this book because I had previously bought Nation's book, How to Teach Vocabulary, which is how I found out about this book. This book is a welcome anomaly, because it is very well written, and it clearly interrelates and explains a great deal of the theory behind the teaching suggestions as well as how to apply the theories in terms of the techniques, which I imagine Nation and his students spent a great deal of time coming up with, trying out and fine tuning. Nation organized this book around the four strands, as he calls them, which are the "parts and goals of a speaking course:" Meaning-focused input: Learning through Listening and Reading, Meaning-focused Output: Learning through Speaking and Writing, Language-focused Learning, and Becoming Fluent in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. The four strands is a refreshing and different way of approaching language teaching and learning, which I think if you take the time to read carefully and to apply, that this book will prove to be a valuable addition to your teaching library, even if only for the voluminous teaching ideas and techniques sprinkled liberally but carefully throughout this book. In short, this is an excellent book on teaching ESL/EFL because it shows you, a teacher, that you don't have to throw the baby out with the bath water in order to be an innovative, well-prepared and effective teacher.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MJMCI on June 15, 2012
Format: Paperback
In my estimation this is far and away the best available text on teaching English speaking and listening skills. I am working in Asia and here there is great emphasis on rote learning English grammar and vocabulary and almost none on developing speaking or listening skills. Finding this book was a godsend for me. The title canvasses the known research very thoroughly and uses it as a basis for proposing ideas for class room use. How many of us intuitively feel that it makes sense to teach words in subject clusters (known as lexical sets) such as days of the week or colours or items of clothing? Well we're wrong and Nation presents the reasons. How I wish just one of the publishers of language textbooks would take note of what the research tells us and stop pumping out same old, same old. The good old Ladybird books were more useful than almost all of the modern stuff which looks pretty but is shallow, showing almost no understanding of linguistics or language learning theories.

I was so impressed that I bought four more titles with Nation as sole or joint author. I have developed huge respect for him as he is so thorough and his ideas are practical. Can't say higher than that.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Peter Sinclair on August 5, 2009
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Nation and Newton were 2 of my professors in grad school and I can tell you that they know what they are talking about. This book provides a nice combination of sound theoretical background and practical suggestions - all presented in an easy to follow format. A must for any teacher working with international students in either an ESL or EFL context.
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