Teaching ESL/EFL Listening and Speaking

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Routledge, Oct 15, 2008 - Education - 210 pages

Using a framework based on principles of teaching and learning, this guide for teachers and teacher trainees provides a wealth of suggestions for helping learners at all levels of proficiency develop their listening and speaking skills and fluency. By following these suggestions, which are organized around four strands – meaning-focused input, meaning-focused output, language-focused learning, and fluency development – teachers will be able to design and present a balanced program for their students.

Teaching ESL/EFL Listening and Speaking, and its companion text, Teaching ESL/EFL Reading and Writing, are similar in format and the kinds of topics covered, but do not need to be used together. Drawing on research and theory in applied linguistics, their focus is strongly hands-on, featuring

  • easily applied principles,
  • a large number of useful teaching techniques, and
  • guidelines for testing and monitoring.

All Certificate, Diploma, Masters and Doctoral courses for teachers of English as a second or foreign language include a teaching methods component. The texts are designed for and have been field tested in such programs.

 

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Contents

Parts and Goals of a Listening and Speaking Course
1
Beginning to Listen and Speak in Another Language
17
Listening
37
Languagefocused Learning through Dictation and Related Activities
59
Pronunciation
75
Learning through Taskfocused Interaction
97
Learning through Pushed Output
115
Languagefocused Learning
131
Monitoring and Testing Progress
165
Conclusion
177
The Survival Syllabus
179
Topic Types
183
Topics for Listening and Speaking
185
References
187
Techniques Index
199
Index
203

Developing Fluency
151

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About the author (2008)

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.