- Series: ESL & Applied Linguistics Professional Series
- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (December 12, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 080586346X
- ISBN-13: 978-0805863468
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #562,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Idioms: Description, Comprehension, Acquisition, and Pedagogy (ESL & Applied Linguistics Professional Series) 1st Edition
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"Overall, the book is an excellent reference for pre- and in-service language teachers, as well as those interested in the basics of idioms and language teaching. The accessible language, the quick summary and discussion questions that follow each chapter, the glossary, and the annotated list of selective idiom references make this book especially attractive for graduate courses in applied linguistics and related fields."--Teachers College Record
"The book draws on a lot of research, is friendly to the reader, and will be of good value to teachers." --Paul Nation, Victoria University of Wellington, Australia
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The book consists of ten chapters organized in three parts: (1) two chapters on how idioms are defined, classified, and used; (2) three chapters on how idioms are comprehended and understood by ESL learners; and (3) five chapters on how idioms can be taught and learned in ESL instruction. The first part of the book provides a theoretical and conceptual analysis of idioms. The second part of the book discusses and summarizes social science research about how ESL learners comprehend and understand idioms. The third part of the book discusses various approaches and techniques for how idioms can be taught in ESL instruction, considers the pros and cons of the different teaching approaches and techniques, and makes suggestions and recommendations about how idioms can be better taught to ESL learners.
For readers who are teachers or instructors of ESL classes, the first two parts of the book may be interesting and informative, but those parts probably will provide such readers with little practical help. The first two parts of the book may be of more interest to readers wanting to look at idioms from an applied linguistics perspective. Readers who are teachers or instructors of ESL classes will find the third part of the book to be more useful in identifying various practical ideas and techniques that may be used or adapted for use in preparing and conducting ESL classes dealing with idioms.
I have found the book to be a good source of thoughtful ideas and practical information to use (in conjunction with other sources) for organizing and preparing materials on idioms for use in an English Practice class for ESL students conducted at my local public library.