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Capitalizing on Language Learners' Individuality From Premise to Practice Author: Tammy Gregersen, Peter D. MacIntyre

Format:
Paperback - 288 pages
ISBN:
9781783091195
Published:
13 Jan 2014
Publisher:
Multilingual Matters
Dimensions:
234 x 156
Availability:
Available

Summary

This book closes the gap between theory and classroom application by capitalizing on learners’ individuality in second or foreign language learning. The book examines the existing literature and theoretical underpinnings of each of the most prominent learner characteristics including anxiety, beliefs, cognitive abilities, motivation, strategies, styles and willingness to communicate. This strong foundation, coupled with the wide variety of activities that are suggested at the end of each chapter, arms the reader with ideas to conquer the problems created by negative affect and to capitalize on positive, facilitative emotions. The tasks are unrestricted by language and can be modified for use with technology, emergent learners and large classes, making this book a useful resource for both in-service teachers and pre-service teachers in university language teacher education programs.

Review:

There are without doubt very few academic publications that would be as enlightening, inspiring, thought-provoking, reader-friendly, classroom-oriented and downright useful as the book by Tammy Gregersen and Peter D. MacIntyre Capitalizing on Learners’ Individuality: From Premise to Practice. I consider the volume to be a true gem and an urgent must-read for anyone interested in the role of individual learner differences in the process of second or foreign language learning and teaching, whether they are academics, university staff involved in teacher training, materials writers, teachers, or undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students.


- Studies in Second Language Learning and Teaching 4(1) 2014
- Mirosław Pawlak, Adam Mickiewicz University

The book will appeal to teachers working in more flexible contexts, who are interested in an introduction to various theoretical perspectives of individual differences and who are also looking to diversify their classroom activities portfolio. The book will also be useful for undergraduate and taught postgraduate students in English language teaching, teaching English to speakers of other languages, or applied linguistics who may be working with practical portfolios but also need an introduction to relevant literature. It is a “fun” book that uses stories, metaphors, inspirational quotations and colourful activities with a view to minimising “negative-narrowing affect” and harnessing the “positive-broadening power of facilitative emotions”.


- TESOL Quarterly
- Florentina Taylor, University of York, UK

Author Biography:

Tammy Gregersen is Professor of TESOL at the University of Northern Iowa, USA. She has over 25 years of experience in the fields of language teaching methodology, language teacher training, learner variables, emotion and nonverbal communication in language learning.

Peter D. MacIntyre is Professor of Psychology at Cape Breton University, Canada. He has published widely in the areas of the psychology of communication, motivation, emotion, willingness to communicate, language acquisition and dynamic systems.

Readership Level:

Postgraduate, Research / Professional


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