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Teaching Language: From Grammar to Grammaring (TeacherSource Teacher Development)

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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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Josh
Apr 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: TESOL teachers
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
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"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.
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Every ESL EFL teacher should understand Larsen-Freeman's concepts of "form, meaning, and use". I very much appreciate her friendly but professional writing style.
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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 ...more
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