New Methodological Approaches to Foreign Language Teaching
This volume explores how the traditional academic disciplines of linguistics, translation, literature and cultural studies can contribute to, or be integrated into, the teaching of a foreign language by means of innovative methodologies, techniques and instruments.
The book begins with a selection of essays on applied linguistics that share some significant findings in the context of second or foreign language acquisition. It then examines the ways in which linguistics, translation theory, literature and cultural studies are brought into the foreign language classroom not just as objects of study but also as vehicles for language-learning. By presenting studies on four main foreign languages, English, Spanish, French and German, the collection offers, to the foreign language profession, an opportunity for the sharing and comparison of strategies across languages at both the secondary and higher education level.
The text is a valuable resource for language teachers with a more philologically-oriented background who would like to learn how to apply their research knowledge and experience to the design and implementation of new methodological approaches.
Laura Torres-Zúñiga, PhD, teaches English at the Catholic University of Murcia, Spain. She has taught English and Spanish at the University of Granada, Spain, and the University of Delaware, USA. Her research interests include literature and the implementation of innovative and collaborative techniques in the foreign language classroom.
Thomas H. Schmidt, PhD, teaches German and English and is Vice Dean of Studies in Modern Languages at the Catholic University of Murcia, Spain. He has taught several Masters and undergraduate programmes and has been Visiting Researcher at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany, and the University of Applied Science (Fachhochschule) for Management, Germany. His research focuses on bilingualism and foreign language learning and knowledge.
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