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  • Learn 2 teach - English language teaching in a multilingual context 4/e
  • Van der Walt C, Evans R, Kilfoil WR
  • ISBN: 9780627027734
  • eISBN: 9780627028786
  • ePub ISBN: 9780627032257
  • 392 Pages | Published: 2009

Human life would not be the same without language communication. Sounds and symbols are the most basic characteristics of all languages, but the system by which these are linked to form meaning is conventionalised in very different ways. Many school-going learners in South Africa are currently not being instructed in their primary language for reasons that include the perception of increased economic opportunity that English gives. Learn2Teach accesses the theories and practices, and offers guidance on the principles, of teaching and learning English as a first or additional language within the context of the multilingual South African classroom as set out in the national curriculum.

Learn2Teach makes special reference to the Communicative Approach which supports the outcomes-based education philosophy by not only promoting basic interpersonal oral-aural skills, but also integrating the expressive and receptive skills needed to develop the cognitive academic language proficiency so necessary for speakers of other languages being schooled in English. Many practical examples and teaching strategies are suggested and teachers are encouraged to develop their own coherent philosophy based on personal experiences.

Contents include the following:

  • Effective lesson design and delivery
  • Criteria for successful grammar teaching
  • Testing listening comprehension
  • Place of literature in the syllabus
  • Stages of the writing process
  • Principles and practicalities related to effective assessment

Learn2Teach is aimed at helping teachers working in any phase to understand the principles of language teaching, especially as the traditional distinctions of first and second language speakers have blurred.

Chapter 1 Learning and teaching languages
Chapter 2 English in its international context
Chapter 3 Approaches to teaching additional languages
Chapter 4 Effective lesson design and delivery
Chapter 5 Teaching grammar
Chapter 6 Developing listening competence
Chapter 7 Developing reading competence
Chapter 8 Interacting with literature
Chapter 9 Developing oral proficiency
Chapter 10 Developing writing competence
Chapter 11 Assessment
Appendix A: Classroom and homework activities per chapter
Appendix B: Teaching large classes
Appendix C: Selecting textbooks and learning support material

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