Meaning-Focused Materials for Language Learning

Meaning-Focused Materials for Language Learning

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  • Author: Marina Bouckaert
  • Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • ISBN: 1527524779
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 394

This publication is a result of the joint conference held by MATSDA and Fontys University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands, in Tilburg in June 2017. MATSDA is an international materials development association founded in 1993 which serves to bring together researchers, teachers, materials developers and publishers in an effort to improve the effectiveness of language learning materials. The 2017 conference centred on issues related to the development of meaning-focused materials for language learning, and attracted presenters from twenty-five countries stretching from Greenland to Brazil. These issues are reflected in the chapters in this volume, with each one focusing on a different aspect of meaning-focused materials and many of them introducing the reader to previously unexplored facets of the theory of meaning-focused instruction and its application to materials development. The contributions here are of essential value to post-graduate students, to teachers, to materials developers and to researchers. They are written to be academically rigorous, but at the same time accessible to newcomers to the field and to experienced experts alike.


Research for Materials Development in Language Learning

Research for Materials Development in Language Learning

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  • Author: Brian Tomlinson
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
  • ISBN: 1441143653
  • Category : Education
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 448

This book examines current research in materials development and discussing their implications for the learning and teaching of languages.


The Concise Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics

The Concise Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics

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  • Author: Carol A. Chapelle
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
  • ISBN: 1119147379
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 1288

Offers a wide-ranging overview of the issues and research approaches in the diverse field of applied linguistics Applied linguistics is an interdisciplinary field that identifies, examines, and seeks solutions to real-life language-related issues. Such issues often occur in situations of language contact and technological innovation, where language problems can range from explaining misunderstandings in face-to-face oral conversation to designing automated speech recognition systems for business. The Concise Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics includes entries on the fundamentals of the discipline, introducing readers to the concepts, research, and methods used by applied linguists working in the field. This succinct, reader-friendly volume offers a collection of entries on a range of language problems and the analytic approaches used to address them. This abridged reference work has been compiled from the most-accessed entries from The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics (www.encyclopediaofappliedlinguistics.com), the more extensive volume which is available in print and digital format in 1000 libraries spanning 50 countries worldwide. Alphabetically-organized and updated entries help readers gain an understanding of the essentials of the field with entries on topics such as multilingualism, language policy and planning, language assessment and testing, translation and interpreting, and many others. Accessible for readers who are new to applied linguistics, The Concise Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics: Includes entries written by experts in a broad range of areas within applied linguistics Explains the theory and research approaches used in the field for analysis of language, language use, and contexts of language use Demonstrates the connections among theory, research, and practice in the study of language issues Provides a perfect starting point for pursuing essential topics in applied linguistics Designed to offer readers an introduction to the range of topics and approaches within the field, The Concise Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics is ideal for new students of applied linguistics and for researchers in the field.


Perspectives on Language Learning Materials Development

Perspectives on Language Learning Materials Development

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  • Author: Freda Mishan
  • Publisher: Peter Lang
  • ISBN: 9783039118632
  • Category : Education
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 300

Language learning materials development remains a surprisingly under-supported aspect of language teaching. This book constitutes a much-needed resource in the area, aiming to support and advance the craft of materials design. The volume offers a snapshot of the contemporary influences on language learning materials development from diverse perspectives around the globe. These influences include the demands of teaching ESOL in Britain and Ireland, the impact of Corpus Linguistics, the needs of young learners and of diverse worldwide audiences, the development of intercultural competence, as well as the integration of L2 acquisition research. Contributors to the volume are drawn from a broad range of teaching, research and materials development backgrounds. The book includes some chapters based on papers given at the MATSDA (Materials Development Association) 2008 conference.


Perspectives on Individual Characteristics and Foreign Language Education

Perspectives on Individual Characteristics and Foreign Language Education

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  • Author: Wai Meng Chan
  • Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
  • ISBN: 1614510938
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 351

Learner characteristics have been at the center of second language acquisition and foreign language education research in response to the puzzling questions: Why are there often large differences in second language (L2) learning achievement and why do many learners, though proficient first language speakers, not succeed in learning a L2? The papers in this book explore and challenge the three key factors in individual difference research: language aptitude, language learning strategies and motivation.


Materials Development in Language Teaching

Materials Development in Language Teaching

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  • Author: Brian Tomlinson
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 9780521574198
  • Category : Education
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 388

This book engages with current issues in developing materials for language teaching.


Recent Tools for Computer- and Mobile-Assisted Foreign Language Learning

Recent Tools for Computer- and Mobile-Assisted Foreign Language Learning

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  • Author: Andujar, Alberto
  • Publisher: IGI Global
  • ISBN: 1799810992
  • Category : Education
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 378

The use of technological tools to foster language development has led to advances in language methodologies and changed the approach towards language instruction. The tendency towards developing more autonomous learners has emphasized the need for technological tools that could contribute to this shift in foreign language learning. Computer-assisted language learning and mobile-assisted language learning have greatly collaborated to foster language instruction out of the classroom environment, offering possibilities for distance learning and expanding in-class time. Recent Tools for Computer- and Mobile-Assisted Foreign Language Learning is a scholarly research book that explores current strategies for foreign language learning through the use of technology and introduces new technological tools and evaluates existing ones that foster language development. Highlighting a wide array of topics such as gamification, mobile technologies, and virtual reality, this book is essential for language educators, educational software developers, IT consultants, K-20 institutions, principals, professionals, academicians, researchers, curriculum designers, and students.


Issues in Coursebook Evaluation

Issues in Coursebook Evaluation

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  • Publisher: BRILL
  • ISBN: 9004387374
  • Category : Education
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 142

In Issues in Coursebook Evaluation, Azarnoosh, Zeraatpishe, Faravani and Kargozari (Eds.) take a theory to practice approach in investigating basic topics in evaluating English language textbooks. In each case, theoretical foundations, specific evaluation criteria, and practical examples are presented.


Making and Using Word Lists for Language Learning and Testing

Making and Using Word Lists for Language Learning and Testing

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  • Author: I.S.P. Nation
  • Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company
  • ISBN: 9027266271
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 210

Word lists lie at the heart of good vocabulary course design, the development of graded materials for extensive listening and extensive reading, research on vocabulary load, and vocabulary test development. This book has been written for vocabulary researchers and curriculum designers to describe the factors they need to consider when they create frequency-based word lists. These include the purpose for which the word list is to be used, the design of the corpus from which the list will be made, the unit of counting, and what should and should not be counted as words. The book draws on research to show the current state of knowledge of these factors and provides very practical guidelines for making word lists for language teaching and testing. The writer is well known for his work in the teaching and learning of vocabulary and in the creation of word lists and vocabulary size tests based on word lists.


Computer Applications in Second Language Acquisition

Computer Applications in Second Language Acquisition

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  • Author: Carol A. Chapelle
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 0521626463
  • Category : Education
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 234

Exploring computer applications in second language acquisition, this book addresses issues such as effective use of software in language teaching, values and limitations of computer-assisted testing.