The Principles of Language Learning and Teaching (5E) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2006/6/1
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Principles of Language Learning and Teaching, Fifth Edition, by H. Douglas Brown, is the classic second language acquisition text used by teacher education programs worldwide. Principles introduces key concepts through definitions of terms, thought-provoking questions, charts, and spiraling. New "Classroom Connections" encourage students to consider the implications of research for classroom pedagogy. An up-to-date bibliography and new glossary provide quick access to important works and key terminology in the field. The fifth edition takes a comprehensive look at foundations of language teaching through discussions of the latest research in the field, including: Vygotsky's and Bakhtin's theories Thorndike's law of effect error treatment, noticing, recasts intercultural communication language policy and politics corpus linguistics "hot topics" in SLA connectionism and emergentism flow theory, willingness to communicate strategies-based instruction contrastive rhetoric attribution theory, self-efficacy output hypothesis Also by H. Douglas Brown: Teaching by Principles: An Interactive Approach to Language Pedagogy Language Assessment: Principles and Classroom Practices Strategies for Success: A Practical Guide to Learning English商品の説明をすべて表示する
I liked what others have said wondering if the author ever learned a foreign language himself? He clearly knows the theory behind all the new thinking, but I was surprised when I got to the end of the book and he had not actually said a word about the end users of the thinking: the students and teachers. There is not a word said about his customers. Nothing at all. And there is a sentence or two about the history of teaching language before the twentieth century. No more.
A good author who wanted to tell the whole story would include accounts of how satisfied the end users were when approach A was used instead of approach B. Or about how one group liked a certain method and another group did not.
Still the author is extremely knowledgeable and when I could actually understand what he was saying I was fascinated. I did find that I could not put the book down once I got into it. But there were a lot of times when I was left asking myself what was it that I just read. Don't really know quite what to make of this one. I am still very new to this whole field and this style of writing. And I still can't quite get over the fact that the end users were not even consulted.
Addendum of Oct 28, 2005 - My students noticed that Mr. Pro Teacher has now corrected his spelling of "repeatition."