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Book Recommendations: listening in second language learning


Submitted by Nesma,  Egypt

Could you please recommend books on the role of listening in second language learning?

Dr Richards responds:

Dr. Richards’ recommendations:

  • Field, J. (2008) Listening in the Language Classroom, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Flowerdew, J. and Miller, L. (2005) Second Language Listening, New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Lynch, T. (2009) Teaching Second Language Listening, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Richards, J. C. and Burns, A. (2012) Tips for Teaching Listening, New York: Pearson.
  • Vandergrift, L. and Goh, C. (2012) Teaching and Learning Second Language Listening: Metacognition in Action, New York: Routledge.
  • Wilson, J. J. (2008) How to Teach Listening, Harlow, Essex: Pearson Longman.

Book Recommendations: Professional Development


Submitted by Artemis, UK

What books can you recommend on professional development?

Dr Richards responds:

Here are some suggestions:

  • Borg, Simon. 2006. Teacher Cognition and Language Education. London: Continuum.
  • Burns.,Anne. 2010. Doing Action research in English Language teaching: A Guide for Practitioners. New York: Routledge.
  • Burns, Anne and Jack C Richards (Eds). Cambridge Guide to Second Language Teacher Education. Cambridge: Cambridge University press.
  • Richards Jack C and Thomas Farrell. Professional Development for Language Teachers. New York: Cambridge University Press 2005
  • Roberts, Jon. 1998. Language Teacher Education. London: Arnold.
  • Tedick, Diane J. (Ed). 2005. Second Language Teacher Education: International Perspectives. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum

Book Recommendations: Teaching speaking


Submitted by Monserrath Ramirez,  Ecuador

Can you recommend books about the methodology teaching speaking?

Dr Richards responds:

I recommend the following:

  • Bygate, Martin 1987. Speaking. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Fulcher, Glen 2003. Testing Second Language Speaking. Harlow: Pearson.
  • Goh, Christine C.M. and Anne Burns. 2012.  Teaching Speaking: A Holistic Approach. New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Luoma, Sari 2004. Assessing Speaking. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Pridham, Francesca 2001. The Language of Conversation. London: Routledge.
  • Thornbury, Scott. 2005. How to Teach Speaking. Harlow: Longman.
  • Thornbury, Scott and Diana Slade. 2006. Conversation: From Description to Pedagogy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.