This book is both a textbook geared especially for nonnative undergraduates of intermediate English level studying to be language teachers, as well as a possible resource
book for practicing language teachers. “Language teaching approaches: current practice and future directions” is priced at about 1000 yen, 60 pages A4 size. Written in intermediate level English by Jane Nakagawa, this book was designed especially for Japanese college students in language teacher training courses. Although older approaches are briefly summarized in the first chapter, the book emphasizes newer communicative, collaborative, and student-centered approaches. Themes include: learner autonomy, cooperative learning, task-based instruction, content-based instruction, stimulus-based teaching, learning styles, and classroom dynamics. Each of the twelve chapters contain activities requiring students to think critically about / apply concepts described in the chapter. Individual and collaborative activities include finding the strengths and weaknesses of each approach and creating lesson plans.
Perhaps reading this last book will be of help to those teachers, native and non-natove alike, who want to go beyond presentation of thought provoking content and look at learning dynamics and teacher-learner relationshiops, which exist within the social contexts such as gender that are explored in the other two books.
All 3 books above may be ordered directly through the publisher, only. Please address queries to the publisher, Tokyo Shuppan Service Center, Tokyo:
Mr. Munetoshi Kawamura
Tokyo Shuppan Service Center
401 Saint Office Akihabara
Tokyo to 110-0016 JAPAN
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