English Australia Journal : English Australia Journal 32.1
Volume 32 No 1 113 English Australia Journal if you would like to write a review for the English Australia Journal, please contact the reviews editor: firstname.lastname@example.org key issues in language teaching Jack C. Richards Cambridge university Press, 2015 Reviewed by Le Van Canh The elevation of English to the status of an international language has brought with it the reconceptualisation of many traditional issues as well as the emergence of new insights in the language-teaching profession. All of these happened so quickly that busy practising teachers may find it hard to keep abreast of all the significant developments in the field. Luckily, Jack C. Richards, a notable scholar in applied linguistics, has helped to put everything together neatly in this weighty book of 826 pages. As the title suggests, the book provides the most up-to-date encyclopedic account of the central issues that are both historically grounded and recently emerging in the field of teaching English as a second or foreign language. Those issues are organised in four main themes: ‘English language teaching today’, ‘facilitating student learning’, ‘language and the four skills’, and ‘the teacher’s environment’. Each main theme is discussed in one part; each part is composed of several chapters, addressing separate topics relevant to the theme. Throughout each chapter are reflective questions and vignettes provided by practising teachers in a variety of different educational settings. These questions and vignettes on the one hand, situate the topic in diverse contexts, and on the other, stimulate teachers-as - readers to examine their existing knowledge and beliefs. Chapters are followed by engaging discussion questions, which encourage teachers to reflect on their relevant experience so that the in-chapter ideas and teachers’ hands-on experience become mutually informed. In addition, teachers can see how the ideas in the chapter are translated into practice through case studies, lesson plans, and textbook lessons appended to the chapter. The Glossary at the end of the book defines in an easy-to- understand manner the most common terminologies that are used throughout the book and also in professional discourse.
English Australia Journal 31.2
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