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ERIC Number: ED370360
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 22
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Preparing Teachers To Use a Meaning and Structure Methodology.
Gatbonton, Elizabeth
This article examines the teacher training program at the Canada-China Language Centre in Beijing, China, and the communicative teaching methodology that it employs in helping scientists, government officials, and other professionals improve their English language skills. The staff consist of both Canadian and Chinese teachers of English, who jointly developed the communicative approach. It combines a modern communicative model, with students engaging in genuine conversation and interaction, along with a more traditional, form-focused approach, that allows students to step out of the communication process and examine the formal properties of the language they are learning. Language teacher educators hoping to impart this methodology on student teachers must realize that it requires teachers to have strong: (1) procedural knowledge; (2) classroom management skills; (3) intervention skills; (4) pedagogical skills; and (5) linguistic proficiency. Following this is a discussion of the teacher training techniques used to implement this methodology at the Canada-China Language Centre. (MDM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Canada; China
Note: In: Sadtono, Eugenius, Ed. Issues in Language Teacher Education. Anthology Series 30; see FL 022 033.