New Perspectives on Grammar Teaching in Second Language Classrooms

New Perspectives on Grammar Teaching in Second Language Classrooms

New Perspectives on Grammar Teaching in Second Language Classrooms

New Perspectives on Grammar Teaching in Second Language Classrooms

Synopsis

New Perspectives on Grammar Teaching in Second Language Classrooms brings together various approaches to the contextualized teaching of grammar and communicative skills as integrated components of second language instruction. Its purpose is to show from both theoretical and practical perspectives that grammar teaching can be made productive and useful in ESL and EFL classrooms. In this text: *First-rate scholars approach the teaching of grammar from multiple complementary perspectives, providing an original, comprehensive treatment of the topic. *Discourse analysis and research data are used to address such pedagogical areas as grammatical and lexical development in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. *The communicative perspective on ESL and EFL instruction that is presented provides ways for learners to enhance their production skills, whereas the meaning-based grammar instruction can supplement and strengthen current methodology with a communicative focus. This volume is intended as a foundational text for second language grammar pedagogy courses at the advanced undergraduate and master's levels.

Excerpt

The chapters in this collection present a variety of approaches to teaching grammar within different curricular and methodological frameworks. Recognizing that second/foreign language instruction runs the gamut from the purely communicative methods often found in the English as a second language (ESL) situation to the teacher-led grammar instruction and translation activities that often characterize the English as a foreign language (EFL) classroom, this volume emphasizes flexibility and adaptability in selection of an approach determined by the teaching situation, the type of learners, and their particular language requirements.

THE ORGANIZATION OF THE BOOK

The book is divided into three sections, and an introduction is included with each. Grammar instruction can take many forms and be carried out with various pedagogical goals in mind. It can benefit diverse types of learners by increasing their overall proficiency and improving their language skills. Keeping in mind the extraordinarily diverse and numerous settings in which ESL and EFL are taught, the collection of chapters in this volume presents the why's and the how-to's of grammar teaching. Part I focuses on the ways to include grammar in second and foreign language curricula and points out the reasons that make grammar teaching necessary in ESL/EFL

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