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Subject Linguistics

DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631214823.1999.00004.x


The Encyclopedic Dictionary of Applied Linguistics is, as its subtitle states, A Handbook for Language Teaching. It is intended for all those with an interest in the field of applied linguistics as it relates to second and foreign language education. The book will prove an invaluable souuce of reference for students following any course in the area of language teaching, as well as those professionally engaged in language education. When the Dictionary was in preparation, entries were initially grouped under the three categories of language, language learning and language teaching. The team of contributors was assembled to provide expertise in these three general areas, and they have been allowed a degree of freedom in what they say. The aim has been to provide basic information, but occasional comments which reveal personal positions in regard to the topics considered have not been discouraged. The entries vary in length, usually in proportion to their importance, but sometimes an important area has a short entry. One example is communicative language teaching . The entry on this large topic is short because a series of larger entries (like communicative methodology and communicative syllabus ) together cover the field. The short entry on communicative language teaching refers readers to these longer entries. Cross-referencing is achieved in two ways. Within the text, ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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