Capitalizing on Language Learners' Individuality
From Premise to Practice
Author: Tammy Gregersen, Peter D. MacIntyre
- Paperback - 288 pages
- 13 Jan 2014
- Multilingual Matters
- 234 x 156 (R8vo)
This book closes the gap between theory and classroom application by capitalizing on learners’ individuality in second or foreign language learning. Issues of content are targeted through a description of the variables of anxiety, beliefs, cognitive abilities, motivation, strategies, styles and willingness to communicate. Teachers are given support in how to address these issues by the provision of activities at the end of each chapter.
This is one of the richest and most intriguing books on learner characteristics that I have come across in my entire career. It aims to kill two birds with one stone by offering an up-to-date theoretical introduction as well as a series of practical classroom activities, and it succeeds: the birds are definitely dead! I will urge my friends, colleagues and students to have a copy of this book on their bookshelves.
Zoltán Dörnyei, University of Nottingham, UK
Gregersen and MacIntyre do a remarkable job of closing the gap between theory and practice by presenting theories about learner characteristics in a highly accessible way and then providing a host of user-friendly, step-by-step classroom activities. The authors have an uncanny knack for speaking to the concerns of the teachers while at the same time directly addressing the needs of the learners. The volume takes 'catering to individual differences' in second language learning to a whole new level.
Andrew D. Cohen, Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota, USA
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.
Miros?aw Pawlak, Adam Mickiewicz University, in Studies in Second Language Learning and Teaching 4(1) 2014
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.
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