Teaching speaking: a holistic approach

Christine C.M. Goh, Anne Burns

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Teaching Speaking A Holistic Approach brings together theoretical and pedagogical perspectives on teaching speaking within a coherent methodological framework. The framework combines understandings derived from several areas of speaking research and instruction including cognitive and affective processes, oracy for thinking and learning communicative competence, discourse theories, task-based language learning, and self-regulated learning. By explaining, interpreting, evaluating, and synthesizing these diverse perspectives from linguistics and language learning, the text offers a comprehensive and versatile approach for teaching speaking. Samples of authentic classroom data are used for illustrating important concepts to help readers see how theoretical perspectives can be applied in practice. It also includes a pedagogical model for sequencing learning activities with concrete guidelines on planning and conducting speaking lessons. Different types of learning tasks are explained and illustrated with examples, and each chapter includes short tasks and ends with a number of tasks that enable readers to extend their ideas.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages320
ISBN (Print)978-1-107-64833-3, 1-107-64833-5, 978-1-107-01123-6
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2012

Publication series

NameCambridge language education
PublisherCambridge University Press


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