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Texts, topics and tasks : teaching English in years 4-6

By: Lundahl, BoMaterial type: TextTextPublisher: 2014ISBN: 9789144080536
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The title of this book identifies three concepts that are central to language acquisition and language teaching: texts, topics and tasks. Texts are viewed broadly, including images in addition to oral and written language. Topics represent the content of language learning and teaching, whereas tasks are further keys to language learning and teaching. While providing a solid theoretical and research-based foundation, the book is also practical. This book advocates clear structures in language teaching: explicit models for working with texts, a combination of function and form, and tasks that incorporate different dimensions of language learning. It also promotes a socially-supportive learning environment, where pupils are guided by a sense of confidence, participation and co-operation. The book is aimed at student teachers and teachers who focus on years 4-6 in their education or teaching, but the book will also be of interest to K-3 teachers.