Yvonne and David Freeman provide an expanded and updated revision of "Whole Language for Second Language Learners". As in the original edition, the authors provide a readable explanation of second language teaching methodology supported by classroom examples. In addition, this updated edition includes detailed discussions and examples of EFL (English as a foreign language) teaching as well as many scenarios from ESL (English as a second language) classes. The emphasis throughout is on teaching language through meaningful content. To set the stage for the principles, the authors provide an overview of orientations that ESL/EFL teachers have taken. They describe language teaching methods that fit each orientation and then present the orientation that is most consistent with principles that lead to success. Each of the subsequent chapters develops these principles in detail.
Major features of the book include: a readable discussion of orientations to language teaching and a description of traditional methods that have been used to teach a second or foreign language; recent research in ESL/EFL teaching and bilinigual education; rich classroom scenarios taken from real classrooms; helpful charts, checklists, and lesson ideas for teachers to use in planning and evaluation; detailed descriptions of thematic teaching in ESL/EFL classrooms at different grade levels including bibliographies of relevant literature; and clear explantions of content-based approaches including sheltered English, ELD, and SDAIE.