Synopses & Reviews
Collaborative Language Learning and Teaching is written for teachers, teacher educators and researchers who are interested in experimenting with alternative ways of organising teaching and learning, and who wish to create an environment in which teachers, learners and researchers can work together and learn from one another. This wide-ranging collection of papers focuses on issues such as: �The central characteristics of a collaborative approach to classroom research - Appropriate theoretical models of language and learning for informing collaborative research � Appropriate research methods, tools and techniques for collaborative investigations - Classroom tasks and patterns of organisation which facilitate cooperative learning - Organisational patterns which underlie successful collaborative teaching. The classroom-oriented studies on which the collection is based provide models for readers who wish to experiment with these ideas in their own context.
The aim of this book is to present, in an accessible manner, current theory and resources relating to cooperative learning. Collaborated research team teaching, experiential learning, teacher research, learner-centered classrooms, and learning how to learn are some of the topics discussed. The book is written for teachers, learners, educators, and researchers who are interested in experimenting with alternative ways of organizing teaching and learning, or who are concerned with promoting a philosophy of cooperation, and who wish to create an environment in which teachers, learners and researchers can work together and learn from one another.
Part of the "Cambridge Language Teaching Library", this work is designed for teachers/researchers interested in experimenting with alternative ways of organizing teaching and learning, and who wish to create an environment in which teachers, learners and researchers can work effectively together.
This book is for anyone interested in experimenting with alternative ways of organising teaching and learning.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements; Introduction; Part I. Focus on Learning: 1. Experimental language learning: second language learning as cooperative learner education Viljo Kohonen; 2. Literacy skills or literate skills? considerations for ESL/EFL learners Shirley Brice Heath; 3. Collaboration: constructing shared understandings in a second language classroom Donald Freeman; 4. Context and cooperation in academic tasks Bernard Mohan and Sondra Marshall Smith; 5. Collaborative writing as a literacy event: implications for ESL instruction Denise E. Murray; Part II. Focus on Teaching: 6. Collaborative language teaching: a co-investigation Nora B. Shannon and Bonnie Meath-Lang; 7. Team teaching: a case study from Japan Peter Sturman; 8. Some reflections on collaborative language teaching Kathleen M. Bailey, Ted Dale and Benjamin Squire; 9. The power of observation: 'make a wish, make a dream, imagine all the possibilities!' Jerry G. Gebhard and Akiko Ueda-Motonaga; 10. A teacher-research group in action Sandra R. Schecter and Rafael Ramirez; 11. Putting a process syllabus into practice Roger Budd and Tony Wright; 12. Toward a collaborative approach to curriculum development: a case study David Nunan; References; Index.