Synopses & Reviews
Teaching and Researching Language and Culture
brings together various threads of current thought and empirical findings on the teaching and researching of language and culture from which present-day activity in applied linguistics draws.
Section I discusses some of the more significant assumptions on the nature of language and culture, and the nature of language-and-culture learning embodied in a sociocultural perspective of human action. Professor Hall then examines how current understandings of language, culture and learning inform pedagogical practices in Section II. Section III attempts to familiarize readers with current research approaches to the study of language and culture. In addition, plans for several projects are presented as a guide for readers in developing and pursuing their own ideas for research. Section IV provides additional sources and resources to help readers in their explorations.
Joan Kelly Hall is Professor of Language Education at the University of Georgia. Her most recent books include the edited volume `Second and foreign language learning through classroom interaction¿ (2000) and `Methods for teaching foreign languages: Creating a community of learners in the classroom¿ (2002).
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Language, Culture and Curriculum Volume 17: 1. 2004
This book lays out some of the major underpinnings of contemporary thought on two concepts considered to be at the heart of applied linguistics activity, language and culture.It gives a perspective on the nature of language and culture looking at how the use of language in real-world situations helps us understand how language is used to construct our social and cultural worlds.
The conceptual maps on the nature of language, culture and learning provided in this text help orient readers to some current theoretical and practical activities taking place in applied linguistics. They also help them begin to chart their own explorations in the teaching and researching of language and culture.
About the Author
Joan Kelly Hall is Professor of Language Education at the University of Georgia. She is currently Secretary-Treasurer for the American Association for Applied Linguistics, and is a member of the International Committee for the International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA) and is widely published.
Table of Contents
General Editor's Preface
SECTION I: DEFINING LANGUAGE AND CULTURE
1. A sociocultural perspective on language and culture
2. Language and identity
3. Language-and-culture learning
SECTION II: TEACHING LANGUAGE AND CULTURE
4. The sociocultural worlds of learners
5. Language and culture of the classroom
6. Language and culture content
SECTION III: RESEARCHING LANGUAGE AND CULTURE
7. The research enterprise
8. Approaches to research on language, culture and learning
9. Guidelines for doing research
10. Contexts of research
SECTION IV: RESOURCES FOR TEACHING AND RESEARCHING LANGUAGE AND CULTURE
11. Resources for teaching and researching language and culture