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Practical Approaches to Foreign Language Teaching and Learning


Marta Navarro Coy

What does learning a language involve? Obviously, a rapid and definitive answer cannot be provided for this question since the aspects and situations affecting language learning are many and varied. From the role of culture to the use of new technologies in foreign language learning, this work aims to offer its readers some of the current research being carried out in different areas relevant to the topic.
A long developing project has become reality thanks to the work of several researchers who are also experienced teaching professionals. In this sense, it is worth mentioning that most chapters of the book relate to different aspects of language learning within the classroom context which has resulted in realistic approaches to foreign language learning that can be of great help to those involved and/or interested in this field.
Moreover, the clear division into sections allows readers to make their choice on how to proceed with the reading of the book depending on their thematic interests. Five sections make up this practical work: culture and language learning, human resources in language learning, language learning strategies, language learning software and language learning web resources.
Contents: Eva Mendieta: Spanish Language Maintenance and Linguistic attitudes in the Latino Community of Northwest Indiana – Erin Kearney: Images as a Resource for Culture Learning in the Foreign Language Classroom – Heike Pintor/Birgit Strotmann/Claudia Kunschak: Project Management Inside and Outside the Classroom – Elaine Hewitt: Is Parental Influence an Effective Resource for Learning English as a Foreign Language? An Empirical Study with Complete-Beginner Children – Joanna Bielska: Gender Differences in Strategy Use and Classroom Task Preferences of Polish EFL Learners – Silvia Inés Pereira Rojas/Celia Guido Mendes: Influence of Dictionary Usage in the Results of a Test of Reading Comprehension of Technical and Scientific Texts in EFL – Carlos Periñán Pascual: WebQuests in a Stand-alone Course Management System – Maureen Klos: Beyond Autonomous Learning: Integrating e-Learning in Academia Language Support – Juan Bosco Camón Herrera: Software for L2 Writing Enhancement in Translation Curricula – Piedad Fernández Toledo: Allocation of Traditional, Human and Computer Resources to Meet the ELIS Subject Curriculum Demands – Marta Navarro Coy/Mª Luisa Villanueva Alfonso: Broadening the Concept of Reading Strategies: Towards a New Wreader – Mª Noelia Ruiz Madrid: Designing CALL Materials in the Foreign Language Field: The Case of TADLA in the EFL Classroom – Ignasi Navarro/Antonio J. Silvestre: The Role of ICMs in Cybergenre Representation and Reading Modes.