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This cutting-edge, best-selling text highlights strategies for teaching languages to children, adolescents, and adults — beginning through advanced. It presents a cyclic approach to theory and practice in which theory informs practice and vice versa. The text also stresses peer- and self-evaluation in simulated as well as real classrooms.


  • The research has been updated throughout and reflects influential thinking for the 21st century.
  • Part I: Theoretical Considerations — Explores current theory and research; builds a case for emergent participatory teaching; and highlights literacy development, self-directed learning strategies, and current assessment issues and practices.
  • Part II: Exploring Methods and Activities — Presents a practical reservoir from which teachers can draw as they develop their own methodologies and local practice.
  • Part III: Putting It All Together: Some Practical Issues — Considers issues critical to program development, lesson design, textbook and computer program selection, video use; teacher research and professional development (including SIOP).
  • Part IV: Programs in Action: Describes K–Adult Programs (ESL, Foreign Language, Bilingual, and Tribal Heritage).
  • Part V: Case Studies: Teacher Narrations to Stimulate Professional Dialogue — Presents case studies, ranging from kindergarten through university levels.
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