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Approaches and Methods in Language Teaching Hardcover – Apr 9 2001

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (April 9 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521803659
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521803656
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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' ... one of the most objective accounts of these methods that one is likely to find anywhere ...' Cross Currents --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This new edition surveys the major approaches and methods in language teaching.

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Format: Paperback
The table of contents that Amazon has listed here is from the 1986 edition and is very misleading and an injustice to this important and valuable book. The new 2001 edition has 19 chapters and is very expanded and reorganised to include many new communicative approaches. Look at another online bookseller for a proper table of contents.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa21928a0) out of 5 stars Organised and No Frills March 7 2007
By Brian Bear - Published on
Format: Paperback
Unlike some books on English language teaching, "Approaches and Methods" by Richards and Rodgers is a logically organised, relatively jargon-free and easily grasped book. It is almost certain you will not be diving for the headache tablets after this book.

Covering a large range of the historical and current second language teaching methodologies, the book discusses methods in a logical format that is the same throughout. They discuss three broad areas: Approach, (the theories and ideas underpinning the method), Design, (roles, materials and so on), and Procedure, (what happens in the classroom). This makes each chapter exceptionally well-organised.

The book covers a lot of different methods, including those that are less in favour these days, as well as some that are more recent. However, some very recent developments are not included, such as the controversial Dogme of Thornbury and Medding. What *is* in the book includes Suggestopaedia, TPR, NLP, Natural Way, Multiple Intelligences and more. All of them come with a brief discussion on the background that they came from.

This is an incredibly valuable book for a run down on the methodologies that have come and gone, (some still on the way out). It is an excellent resource that serves well as a reference, or something to be read from cover-to-cover. Or both.
41 of 48 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa21928f4) out of 5 stars Wrong table of contents Feb. 21 2002
By Shelley Marshall - Published on
Format: Paperback
The table of contents that Amazon has listed here is from the 1986 edition and is very misleading and an injustice to this important and valuable book. The new 2001 edition has 19 chapters and is very expanded and reorganised to include many new communicative approaches. Look at another online bookseller for a proper table of contents.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2192cfc) out of 5 stars A Good Overview of Teaching Methods March 6 2007
By Shane - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book provides a great overview of all of the major, and some of the minor, approaches to language teaching. This book is laid out into three major sections. In the first section the authors deal with major trends in twentieth century language teaching. This gives an excellent historical look at where language teaching has come from and the thought process that accompanied such trends. The second sections deals with alternative approaches and methods. These include TPR, suggesopedia, whole language, etc. These methods are not commonly used on their own anymore, but used in small ways in overall teaching. The last section is current communicative approach. This is a great chapter on the origin of communicative teaching and how it has changed over the last 20 years.

What is really useful in this book is its layout. Each method is titled in the table of contents for easy access. Then once you are at the appropriate chapter it is subtitled with such useful headings as: approach, method, design, teacher's role, student's role, and types of activities. This really made each method easy to understand and see how it would work in the classroom.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa26fb438) out of 5 stars Good theoretical overview on language teaching June 19 2009
By Jaehan Park - Published on
Format: Paperback
I read this book for my graduate class and also used for my private group study. Overall this book is an excellent theoretical overview of various approaches and methods of teaching languages, especially English.

Pro - very systematic and organized. A good book to start with. Various kinds of resources.

Con - Too theoretical. If you are not an experienced teacher, you might want to start with Teacher's Handbook: Contextualized Language Instruction. Also, because it's all text-based, it's sometimes hard to understand what it's talking about. The authors might better help readers by adding video clips of different methods and approaches.

I recommend this book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2225834) out of 5 stars Like Watching Paint Dry! Nov. 13 2011
By Ann Disaster - Published on
Format: Paperback
While I do think that this book does offer some valuable information, I also think that a reader can only get so much information out of a book that is thoroughly unenjoyable to read. The book would be far more effective if reading it wasn't such a painful task. The material is very dry and many of the explanations within the text are very unclear. I found myself reading the same pages over and over again because the book just couldn't hold my attention . Overall, I do not recommend this book. It's far too dull to get much out of.