The Self-Directed Teacher

The Self-Directed Teacher : Managing the Learning Process

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This text provides the practical knowledge and necessary skills for the effective management of teaching and learning in today's classrooms. It focuses on the independent decisions teachers must make in lesson planning, group work, error correction, resource management, and evaluation. A task-based approach is used, and the material presented is well supported by theory and research. Advances in second language teaching methodology, including new emphases on learner centeredness and individualized instruction, have significantly changed the roles teachers play in the classroom and made ever-greater demands on their classroom management skills. This book helps language teachers meet these new demands by providing them with the practical knowledge and skills necessary for the effective management of teaching and learning in today's classrooms.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 312 pages
  • 159 x 230 x 20mm | 460g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 25 Tables, unspecified; 7 Line drawings, unspecified
  • 0521497736
  • 9780521497732
  • 821,369

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Advances in second language teaching methodology, including new emphases on communicative language teaching and learner-centeredness, have significantly changed the roles teachers play in the classroom, making ever greater demands upon their classroom management skills. For Nunan and Lamb, "management" refers to the planning and creation of a positive pedagogical environment which facilitates learning. They focus on the kinds of professional decisions teachers must make to ensure that learning takes place effectively. The ultimate aim of the book is to help teachers and teachers-in-preparation become "self-directed" by providing them with the knowledge and skills needed to take effective control of the teaching and learning processes in their classrooms. The Self-directed Teacher prepares teachers to make independent decisions in key areas such as lesson planning, teacher talk, group work, error correction, resource management, and evaluation. The text uses a task-based approach, and the material presented is well supported by theory and research.
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Table of contents

1. A context for classroom action; 2. The planning process; 3. Classroom interaction; 4. Classroom dynamics; 5. Instructional groups; 6. Managing resources; 7. Affective issues in the language classroom; 8. Monitoring and evaluation.
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'The Self-Directed Teacher is the latest addition to the authoritative and well-researched Cambridge Language Education series ... Like other volumes in this series, The Self-Directed Teacher is written in a practical, readable style, major points being reinforced by skillful repetition ... It is a welcome resource for teachers, and those becoming teachers, in considering the skills and knowledge necessary in taking effective control of the teaching and learning processes in their classrooms.' TESOL, 1996
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