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Second Language Needs Analysis

Second Language Needs Analysis

Author: Michael Long

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521618212

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 374

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No language teaching program should be designed without a thorough analysis of the students' needs. The studies in this volume explore Needs Analysis in the public, vocational and academic sectors, in contexts ranging from service encounters in coffee shops to foreign language needs assessment in the U.S. military. In each chapter, the authors explicitly discuss the methodoldogy they employed, and in some cases also offer research findings on that methodology. Several studies are task-based, making the collection of special interest to those involved in task-based language teaching. Contributions include work on English and other languages in both second and foreign language settings, as well as a comprehensive overview of methodological issues in Needs Analysis by the editor.

Introducing Needs Analysis and English for Specific Purposes

Introducing Needs Analysis and English for Specific Purposes

Author: James Dean Brown

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317370000

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 248

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Introducing Needs Analysis and English for Specific Purposes is a clear and accessible guide to the theoretical background and practical tools needed for this early stage of curriculum development in ESP. Beginning with definitions of needs analysis and ESP, this book takes a jargon-free approach which leads the reader step-by-step through the process of performing a needs analysis in ESP, including: how to focus a needs analysis according to the course and student level; the selection and sequencing of a wide variety of data collection procedures; analysis and interpretation of needs analysis data in order to write reports and determine Student Learning Outcomes; personal reflection exercises and examples of real-world applications of needs analysis in ESP. Introducing Needs Analysis and English for Specific Purposes is essential reading for pre-service and in-service teachers, and students studying English for Specific Purposes, Applied Linguistics, TESOL and Education.

Evaluating Second Language Courses

Evaluating Second Language Courses

Author: Dale Griffee

Publisher: IAP

ISBN: 9781681235950

Category: Education

Page: 285

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Typically, books on evaluation in the second and foreign language field deal with large programs and often result from large?scale studies done by the authors. The challenge for ordinary second and foreign language classroom teachers is that they must extrapolate techniques or strategies for evaluation from a very large scale to a much smaller scale, that of the course. At the same time, classroom teachers are responsible for outcomes of their courses and need to do evaluation on a scale and for needs of their choosing. Evaluating Second Language Courses is designed for classroom teachers who are dealing with a single course, and who wish to understand and improve some aspect of their course.

Language Centre Needs Analysis

Language Centre Needs Analysis

Author: Solveig Lüdtke

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 3631585306

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 166

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What services should a modern university language centre offer its clients: students, departments, and faculties? How can language centres find out more about the language needs of the different actors at University level? The book pursues a double purpose: first, it offers a coherent theoretical framework for conducting a multiperspective, mixed-mode foreign language needs analysis in a university context. Its second purpose is to show in very detailed analysis what the practical results and consequences of such an analysis can be. After a critical view of data collection methods in foreign language needs analysis, the authors describe the framework of the Leibniz Universität Hannover, a German university dedicated to the process of internationalisation. The book examines and evaluates in detail the results of a foreign language needs analysis conducted among approximately 18,000 students and 1,800 staff members at that university. Finally, the book demonstrates how the results of such an analysis inform a re-evaluation of language course programmes and language services within the university context.

Revisiting the Assessment of Second Language Abilities: From Theory to Practice

Revisiting the Assessment of Second Language Abilities: From Theory to Practice

Author: Sahbi Hidri

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319628844

Category: Education

Page: 503

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This book presents an overview of revisiting the assessment of language abilities. It also showcases how the measurement of such constructs can result in negative or positive washback and how outcomes might be conducive to repercussions that decide on the future of many stakeholders. The 23 chapters were selected among tens of chapters received from different contexts that addressed the issue of revisiting the assessment of language abilities, such as Tunisia, Ukraine, Algeria, Russia, KSA, Sudan, Egypt, Canada, Kurdistan, UK, USA, Iran, Turkey, etc. These contexts have highlighted the necessity to revisit the different constructs which should be assessed with a clear and straightforward foundation on students’ learning objectives and their actual language ability. To do so, most of the chapters present hands-on use of relevant statistical tests that might serve in revisiting the construct definition both theoretically and operationally. Perhaps the sole and intricate question that the authors of these contributions ask is what it means to revisit the assessment of the construct of individualized language ability and how. In addition, the book accentuates the momentousness and significance of reflecting on test fairness and validation as the mainspring and backbone for democratization of assessment. This book appeals to a broad readership, such as English Language Teaching (ELT) practitioners, language teachers, students, testing organizations, policy-makers, test designers, writers of test specifications, testing experts, researchers, program evaluators, especially in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) as well as other international contexts.

Second Language Acquisition and Task-Based Language Teaching

Second Language Acquisition and Task-Based Language Teaching

Author: Mike Long

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118882214

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 456

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This book offers an in-depth explanation of Task-Based Language Teaching (TBLT) and the methods necessary to implement it in the language classroom successfully. Combines a survey of theory and research in instructed second language acquisition (ISLA) with insights from language teaching and the philosophy of education Details best practice for TBLT programs, including discussion of learner needs and means analysis; syllabus design; materials writing; choice of methodological principles and pedagogic procedures; criterion-referenced, task-based performance assessment; and program evaluation Written by an esteemed scholar of second language acquisition with over 30 years of research and classroom experience Considers diffusion of innovation in education and the potential impact of TBLT on foreign and second language learning

Odysseus-second Language at the Workplace : Language Needs of Migrant Workers : Organising Language Learning for the Vocational

Odysseus-second Language at the Workplace : Language Needs of Migrant Workers : Organising Language Learning for the Vocational

Author: Matilde Grünhage-Monetti

Publisher: Council of Europe

ISBN: 9287152667

Category: Political Science

Page: 85

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This publication describes the situation for vocational workplace language development in several eastern and western European countries.It notes the differences in political climate, industrial development and economic resources, and highlights the issues for second language provision in each country. Most importantly for practioners, it provides up-to-date guidelines for development of vocational and workplace language, based on international theory and practice.

Routledge Encyclopedia of Language Teaching and Learning

Routledge Encyclopedia of Language Teaching and Learning

Author: Michael Byram

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136235542

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 856

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The Routledge Encyclopedia of Language Teaching and Learning is an authoritative reference dealing with all aspects of this increasingly important field of study. Offering a comprehensive range of articles on contemporary language teaching and its history, it has been produced specifically for language teaching professionals and as a reference work for academic studies at postgraduate level. In this new edition, every single entry has been reviewed and updated with reference to new developments and publications. Coverage has been expanded to reflect new technological, global and academic developments, with particular attention to areas such as online and distance learning, teacher and learner cognition, testing, assessment and evaluation, global English and teacher education. Themes and disciplines covered include: Methods and materials, including new technologies and materials development Contexts and concepts, such as mediation, risk-taking in language learning and intercomprehension Influential figures from the early days of language teaching to the contemporary Related disciplines, such as psychology, anthropology and corpus linguistics It covers the teaching of specific languages, including Japanese, Chinese, Arabic and African languages, as well as English, French, German and Spanish. There are thirty five overview articles dealing with issues such as communicative language teaching, early language learning, teacher education and syllabus and curriculum design. A further 160 entries focus on topics such as bilingualism, language laboratories and study abroad. Numerous shorter items examine language and cultural institutions, professional associations and acronyms. Multiple cross-references enable the user to browse from one entry to another, and there are suggestions for further reading. Written by an international team of specialists, the Routledge Encyclopedia of Language Teaching and Learning is an invaluable resource and reference manual for anyone with a professional or academic interest in the subject.

Positive Psychology Perspectives on Foreign Language Learning and Teaching

Positive Psychology Perspectives on Foreign Language Learning and Teaching

Author: Danuta Gabryś-Barker

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319329543

Category: Education

Page: 366

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This book introduces readers to the principles of a fairly new branch of psychology – positive psychology – and demonstrates how they can be applied in the context of second language acquisition in a natural environment and in instructed foreign language (FL) learning. It focuses both on the well-being and success of the learner and the professional and personal well-being of the teacher. Further, the book stresses the importance of the positive emotions and character strengths of those involved in the process of language learning and teaching, as well as the significant role played by enabling institutions such as school and, at the micro-level, individual FL classes.

The Concise Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics

The Concise Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics

Author: Carol A. Chapelle

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781119147374

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 1288

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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.

New Challenges in Tertiary Foreign Language Teaching: Surviving and Thriving in Testing Times

New Challenges in Tertiary Foreign Language Teaching: Surviving and Thriving in Testing Times

Author: Paolo Costa(柯士達)

Publisher: 輔仁大學出版社

ISBN: 9789860729245

Category: Education

Page:

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本書集結六篇論文(第一、三、四、六篇德文,第二篇西班牙文,第五篇義大利文),本書為因應時代變遷下的教育環境及學生職涯挑戰,在教學方法上所提出新的論述及建構。 This book contains essays by various teachers from different universities and departments with the aim of presenting modern teaching methods for the changed learning and study conditions on the basis of theoretical preliminary considerations. Language teachers at Taiwanese universities often encounter similar difficulties in designing lessons: students’ increasing frustration and lack of motivation. Many students experience a high level of frustration and demotivation; they cannot find future prospects in language studies. Confronted with reality of time-consuming internships, part-time jobs and life, many students become painfully aware that a linguistic degree won’t prepare them for later work or provides career opportunities. In addition, they realize their low language skills and life experiences. Aware of that problem, the language departments have to find new teaching methods and create curricula which increase the interest of the students and prepare them for professional life. Many students studying in the language departments will later find a job in trade or business. The universities are therefore increasingly shifting their curriculum away from classic language studies to professionally oriented teaching, including business communication or translation related to cross cultural training. The authors introduce modern teaching methods to meet the aforementioned challenges for business and cross-cultural courses. Although the contributors explain their methodical approach, the teaching methods are described and evaluated on case studies and surveys. The publication offer suggestions for course outlines.

Curriculum Development in Language Teaching

Curriculum Development in Language Teaching

Author: Jack C. Richards

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521804912

Category: Education

Page: 321

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1 The origins of language curriculum development 2 From syllabus design to curriculum development 3 Needs analysis 4 Situation analysis 5 Planning goals and learning outcomes 6 Course planning and syllabus design 7 Providing for effective teaching 8 The role and design of instructional materials 9 Approaches to evaluation.