Issues in Second Language Teaching is a text-book written in order to help trainee teachers and more experienced teachers reflect on certain topics related to second language learning and language teaching. It provides readers with a better understanding of the interface between second language learning theory and research, and language teaching practices. The main objective of the textbook is to develop and enhance readers' theoretical and practical understanding of how teachers should approach the way they teach languages in the classroom. Readers will be asked to reflect on the implications of second language learning research and theory on language teaching by providing an analysis of how the principles derived from research can be applied in the language classroom when it comes to issues such as teaching grammar, correct errors, provide 'good' input, develop output activities or encourage interaction between learners. The textbook does not support a particular methodology for language teaching but focuses on specific themes in relation to language teaching.
Alessandro G. Benati is Director of Research and Enterprise and Professor of Applied Linguistics and Second Language Studies at the University of Greenwich in the UK. He is the author or editor of a number of books including most recently Delivering Processing Instruction in Classrooms and in Virtual Contexts: Research and Practice (co-authored with James F. Lee, Equinox, 2007), Grammar Acquisition and Processing Instruction: Secondary and Cumulative Effects (Multilingual Matters, 2008) and Japanese Language Teaching: A Communicative Approach (Continuum, 2009).
PREFACE INTRODUCTION CHAPTER ONE: Key Developments in Second Language Teaching CHAPTER TWO: Key Issues in Grammar Teaching CHAPTER THREE: Key Issues in Interactional and Corrective Feedback CHAPTER FOUR: Key Issues in the Teaching of Speaking CHAPTER FIVE: Key Issues in the Teaching of Listening Key CHAPTER SIX: Key Issues in the Teaching of Reading CHAPTER SEVEN: Key Issues in the Teaching of Writing CHAPTER EIGHT: Key Questions in Second Language Teaching: Implementing Principles of Learning REFERENCES KEY TERMS INDEX