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The Routledge E-Modules on Contemporary Language Teaching


About the Series

Modules in the Routledge E-Modules on Contemporary Language Teaching series are short, easily accessible introductions to a variety of issues that form the foundation of language-teacher knowledge and practice: the nature of language and communication, second language acquisition, interactive tasks, assessment, focus on form, vocabulary development, technology in language teaching, among many others.

  • Language (Bill VanPatten)
  • Communication and Skill (Bill VanPatten)
  • Second Language Acquisition: The Basics (Gregory D. Keating)
  • Focusing on Form in Language Instruction (Wynne Wong and Daphnée Simard)
  • Vocabulary in Language Teaching (Joe Barcroft)
  • Interactive Tasks (Michael J. Leeser and Justin P. White)
  • Technology in Language Learning: An Overview (Bryan Smith)
  • Teaching Second Language Writing (Charlene Polio)
  • Content-Based Language Teaching (Roy Lyster)

Each module serves as a self-contained unit to be used on its own or as part of an introductory course on language teaching. Instructors may “mix and match” modules to create their own readings for a course on language teaching. The modules may serve as primary reading or as supplemental reading, with each module offering points of reflection, discussion questions, self-quizzes, and a reading list for those who wish to delve further into the topic.

To purchase the eBook versions of these modules and view module summaries, please visit the series companion website: www.routledgetextbooks.com/textbooks/9781315679594/

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Technology in Language Learning: An Overview

Technology in Language Learning: An Overview

Bryan Smith
August 21, 2017

This module on technology in language learning provides novice and experienced second and foreign language (L2) teachers alike with an introduction to the field of computer-assisted language learning (CALL). The module first provides a historical overview of the field and then explores the most...

Focusing on Form in Language Instruction

Focusing on Form in Language Instruction

Wynne Wong, Daphnée Simard
August 21, 2017

This module on focusing on form in language instruction provides novice and experienced instructors with pedagogical techniques to help second language learners acquire formal elements of an L2. Taking the position that the development of a linguistic representation requires input, the pedagogical...

Interactive Tasks

Interactive Tasks

Michael J. Leeser, Justin P. White
August 21, 2017

This module on interactive tasks provides teachers with an overview of the nature of communication and explores the ways in which interactive tasks can promote communicative exchanges among students and teachers. The module provides guidelines for developing tasks, along with examples and options...

Vocabulary in Language Teaching

Vocabulary in Language Teaching

Joe Barcroft
August 21, 2017

This module focuses on the pivotal role of vocabulary in language acquisition, communication, and instruction. It first reviews the nature of vocabulary knowledge, the mental lexicon, and different contexts of vocabulary learning. It then explains how we acquire vocabulary and refine vocabulary...

Second Language Acquisition: The Basics

Second Language Acquisition: The Basics

Gregory D. Keating
August 21, 2017

Starting from the premise that language instruction should be informed by how humans learn language, this module on second language acquisition (SLA) aims to provide teachers at any level with a comprehensive and up-to-date introduction to the key findings about how second languages are learned in...

Communication and Skill

Communication and Skill

Bill VanPatten
August 21, 2017

In this module on communication, the reader explores the nature and consequences of a particular definition of communication: the expression and interpretation of meaning in a given context. Special attention is given to context (i.e., physical setting, participants, purpose of communication) and...

Language

Language

Bill VanPatten
August 21, 2017

This module on the nature of language aims to provide the novice and even experienced teacher with a broad and accessible picture of language as a formal system. As such, it covers topics such as the nature of words, sounds, and syntax. The module places particular emphasis on the abstract and...

Teaching Second Language Writing

Teaching Second Language Writing

Charlene Polio
August 21, 2017

This module explores the purposes of and methods for teaching second language writing. Engaging and accessible, Teaching Second Language Writing is organized into three sections that mainly focus on activities, approaches, and real-life writing tasks and genres that are the most applicable and...

Content-Based Language Teaching

Content-Based Language Teaching

Roy Lyster
June 29, 2017

This module explores the content-driven approach to language teaching, or the teaching of nonlinguistic content such as geography, history, or science using the target language. It lays out effective techniques that help facilitate students’ comprehension of curricular content and also discusses...

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