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By Michael Byram

ISBN-10: 1853590177

ISBN-13: 9781853590177

Written by means of the winner of the 1987 BAAL booklet prize, this e-book bargains with the purchase of knowing of overseas cultures and peoples. it's also a examine of the philosophy and function of language educating in all its points, within the context of international language educating in secondary schooling. The ebook is written for language academics and, although it attracts on disciplines now not frequently incorporated of their schooling education, it does so from in the profession's personal viewpoint. it truly is an try to elevate lecturers' and inexperienced persons' information of the total academic price of overseas language studying.

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The journey from a council estate in Dewsbury to the university in Durham was further than the 100 miles which separate them. MICHAEL BYRAM COSSE EN CHAMPAGNE SUMMER, 1987 Page x Acknowledgements Earlier versions of parts of this book have been published elsewhere: Chapter 1 in Sacred Cows in Education, 1983, edited by Frank Coffield and Richard Goodings, Edinburgh University Press. Chapter 2 in Journal of Curriculum Studies, 1988, edited by David Hamilton, Taylor and Francis Ltd. Chapter 4 in Language Teaching, 1986, edited by Valerie Kinsella, Cambridge University Press.

There is, however, growing evidence from publications and elsewhere that knowledge of linguistic phenomena can be acquired through concrete, interesting particulars (Hawkins, 1987; Donmall, 1985). The following chapters aim to provide some of the groundwork for a similar development Page 19 in cultural studies. e. relevance to needs and appropriateness to learners, might be usefully separated at this juncture. The `relevance' of knowledge of linguistic and cultural phenomena perceived by pupils may turn out to have less impact on the strength of their motivation than the `appropriateness' of the methods of teaching and assessment.

It is a book which arises from my experience of FL teaching in Britain, but I also know that the issues to be raised are important in foreign language teaching in Europe and North America, and perhaps even further afield. It is also a book which draws on the disciplines which surround language teaching, pursuing the applications of psychology, anthropology and others as they seem appropriate to someone who is a specialist in none of them, writing for other non-specialists. There are in this approach the advantages of drawing out those ideas which are really appropriate instead of having ideas thrust upon us by those who do not teach languages.

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