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Teaching Language: From Grammar to Grammaring (TeacherSource Teacher Development)
A must-read for every language teaching professional, TEACHING LANGUAGE: FROM GRAMMAR TO GRAMMARING explores the regular, predictable elements of language as well as the potential creativity of its underlying system. By combining a wide range of view points with her own personal experiences and studies, Diane Larsen-Freeman challenges the static descriptive ideas of gramma ...more
Paperback, 180 pages
Published March 20th 2003 by Heinle ELT
(first published April 1st 2002)
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Much better than Second Language Acquisition: A Course Study. It is concise, it takes positions on controversial issues, while acknowledging the controversy, and it actually makes some suggestions for praxis. I especially liked her discussion of the inert knowledge problem (i.e., knowing stuff that you don't use) and CONNECTING it to a global problem, instead of pretending that it is only in language learning that people experience it. I also liked her conceptual connection of language learning ...more
"We know that teaching does not cause learning, but we must act as if it does." This book is gold. Even if you don't agree with all the theories posited, I think it's a must to a language teacher. The book's full of great ideas such as "[Learning] is chaos with feedback" and "Teaching is learning to follow the students' lead" that every teacher might want to consider when planning classes.
Diane Larsen-Freeman is a Professor of Education, Professor of Linguistics, and a Research Scientist at the English Language Institute of Michigan. She is also a Distinguished Senior Faculty Fellow at the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont, USA. A teacher educator for over 30 years, Professor Larsen-Freeman has published numerous books and articles about second language acqu ...moreMore about Diane Larsen-Freeman...
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