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VanPatten, Bill – American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, 2017
From one of the leading figures in the field of second language acquisition and second language teaching, "While We're on the Topic..." offers an up-to-date overview of six principles underlying contemporary communicative language teaching. In a conversational style, Bill VanPatten addresses principles related to the nature of…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Communicative Competence (Languages), Teaching Methods
Grahn, Leslie; McAlpine, Dave – American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, 2017
The fourth in the series, this book underscores the importance of the teacher in the learning equation. With an emphasis on the need for instructors to possess a wide variety of strategies, substantial time is devoted to modeling the kind of thinking that skillful instructors employ to decide how learning can best be facilitated. Each chapter…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Teachers, Teaching Methods
Glisan, Eileen W.; Donato, Richard – American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, 2017
This book presents an approach to teacher education and professional development that emphasizes carefully deconstructing fundamental instructional practices that are complex and often not visible through observation, definition, or brief explanation. Its goal is to assist teachers in learning how to enact specific practices, referred to as…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods, Oral Language
Glynn, Cassandra; Wesely, Pamela; Wassell, Beth – American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, 2014
According to the authors, a social justice curriculum positively influences all students. Social justice, critical pedagogy, and culturally relevant teaching are becoming essential as more and more language educators teach in increasingly diverse world language classrooms. This new publication supports in-service and pre-service teachers in…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Social Justice
Sandrock, Paul – American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, 2010
Students continually ask, "Does this count?" "Is this on the test?" They want to know how they'll be evaluated. Discover how to answer these questions in ways that shape student learning and keep teaching focused on what really matters. Written by language expert Paul Sandrock, this superb manual clarifies precisely what…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Performance Based Assessment, Program Design