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Key Terms for Language Teachers

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With contributions by Víctor Parra-Guinaldo, Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University

The main purpose of this Pocket Guide is to ensure that a clear and accurate definition of key terms and aspects of language learning and teaching is provided to the reader. Curriculum and language teaching materials must be genuinely informed by what we know about the nature and role of language and language acquisition.

This Pocket Guide peels back the complexity of some of the key terms and aspects in language learning and teaching to reveal some basic notions that readers should know about. Key features of this guide are:
• easy, reader friendly style with no citations
• jargon avoided where possible and technical terms explained in context
• summaries of main points provided
• suggestions for additional readings

Eighteen main entries are chosen for the Pocket Guide. Each entry is easily readable and accessible to specialist and non-specialist readers. It is written avoiding a scholarly style and tone using a reader-friendly approach. Key readings are provided at the end of each entry. Each entry contains the following features:
- Can we take a minute to think about this?
- What is the nature and role of….?
- What are the main points?
- What else can we read?

Published: Jan 1, 2022


Section Chapter Authors
Introduction
Introduction Alessandro Benati
Prelims - Prologue
Prologue Alessandro Benati
Chapter 1
Age Alessandro Benati
Chapter 2
Communication Alessandro Benati
Chapter 3
Corrective Feedback Alessandro Benati
Chapter 4
Explicit and Implicit Alessandro Benati
Chapter 5
Focus on Form Alessandro Benati
Chapter 6
Input Alessandro Benati
Chapter 7
Instruction Alessandro Benati
Chapter 8
Interaction and Negotiation of Meaning Alessandro Benati
Chapter 9
Language Alessandro Benati, Víctor Parra-Guinaldo
Chapter 10
Language Tasks Alessandro Benati
Chapter 11
Language Tests Alessandro Benati
Chapter 12
Language Teaching Method Alessandro Benati
Chapter 13
Learning and Acquisition Alessandro Benati, Víctor Parra-Guinaldo
Chapter 14
L1 and L2 Acquisition Alessandro Benati
Chapter 15
Motivation Alessandro Benati
Chapter 16
Output Alessandro Benati
Chapter 17
The Role of the Instructor and the Learner Alessandro Benati
Chapter 18
Working Memory Alessandro Benati
Epilogue
Epilogue Alessandro Benati