Applied Linguistics and Materials Development

Author(s): Brian Tomlinson

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Focuses for the first time on materials development and applications of current research and theory for the main areas of applied linguistics (e.g. second language acquisition, pragmatics, vocabulary studies). There are many books on applied linguistic theory and research and there are now a number of books on the principled development of materials for language learning, but this book takes a new approach by connecting the two concerns. Each of its chapters first of all presents relevant theories and research conclusions for its area and then considers practical applications for materials development. The chapters achieve these applications by reporting and commenting on current theory and research, by analysing the match between current published materials and current theory and by suggesting and exemplifying applications of current theory to materials development. This will be an essential resource both for those studying or teaching materials development and for those studying or teaching applied linguistics.


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Applies applied linguistic theories to the development of materials for language learning to add new depth to the field.

Brian Tomlinson is a Visiting Professor at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK. He has worked in Japan, Indonesia, Nigeria, Oman, Singapore, the UK, Vanuatu and Zambia and has given presentations in over sixty countries. He is Founder and President of MATSDA and has published many articles and books on materials development and on aspects of language teaching and language acquisition.

1. Introduction: Applied Linguistics and Materials Development Brian Tomlinson Part I: Learning and Teaching Languages 2. Second Language Acquisition Brian Tomlinson 3. Beyond Semantics: Moving Language in Foreign Language Learning Peter Lutzker 4. Classroom Research Brian Tomlinson 5. Language Learning for Young Learners Irma-Kaarina Ghosn Comments on Part I Brian Tomlinson Part II: Aspects of Language Use 6. Spoken Language Research: The Applied Linguistic Challenge Ivor Timmis 7. Vocabulary Alan Maley 8. Pragmatics Andrew Cohen and Noriko Ishihara 9. The Application of Discourse Analysis to Materials Design for Language Teaching Ben Fenton-Smith 10. Intercultural Competence Michael Byram and Hitomi Masuhara Comments on Part II Brian Tomlinson Part III: Language Skills 11. Reading Alan Maley andPhilip Prowse 12. The Teaching of Reading in English for Young Learners: Some Considerations and Next Steps Annie Hughes 13. Listening in Another Language: Research and Materials Rumia Ableeva and Jeff Stranks 14. Materials for Writing: Was This the Case of the Runaway Bandwagon? Jayakaran Mukundan and Vahid Nimiechisalem 15. Teaching Speaking in a Second Language Ann Burns and David A. Hill Comments on Part III Brian Tomlinson Part IV: Curriculum Development 16. Implementing Language Policy and Planning Through Materials Development Chris Kennedy and Brian Tomlinson 17. Studies of Pedagogy Freda Mishan 18. Modes of Delivery Freda Mishan 19. Language Testing Washback: The Role of Materials Kathleen Bailey and Hitomi Masuhara Comments on Part IV Brian Tomlinson 20. Conclusion: The Future of Applied Linguistics and Materials Development Brian Tomlinson Bibliography Index

General Fields

  • : 9781441109439
  • : Continuum Publishing Corporation
  • : Continuum Publishing Corporation
  • : December 2012
  • : books

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  • : Brian Tomlinson
  • : Paperback
  • : 272