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ESL/EFL Teaching: Principles for Success [Paperback]

Yvonne S. Freeman , David E. Freeman

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Heinemann Educational Books,U.S.; 2nd Revised edition edition (31 Aug 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0325000794
  • ISBN-13: 978-0325000794
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 19 x 2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,450,174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars This is what you should do this Friday night 11 Aug 2001
By "nicolehilt" - Published on Amazon.com
Freeman and Freeman have done a superb job of writing an informative text filled with theory AND practical application. I am now able to better defend my belief of bilingual education. I am also better able to teach my students in that I have a new set of ideas for lesson plans.
This was an easy read. In fact, I could not put it down and read it cover to cover one very late Friday evening/Saturday morning. It is inspirational!
This is an excellent book and I highly recommend it!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT BOOK FOR EVERYONE WHO WANTS TO TEACH ESOL 12 April 2004
By Kelsey - Published on Amazon.com
I am using this book for my undergraduate class and I love it! It is quick reading and understandable. I just want to read more and more. It is a fasinating book. I would recommend this book for any future or current teachers who have ESOL students. They have great curriculum ideas. Buy it! You will not regret it!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It!! 5 Sep 2008
By T. Dodge - Published on Amazon.com
I absolutely love this book. I was required to read it for a bilingual education class however the principles presented in it are true for any learner. Anyone that wants to be a teacher/educator should read this if they truly want their students to understand and apply the material presented to them.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good resource 4 Jun 2014
By caterina scandiffio - Published on Amazon.com
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Practical suggestion for classroom use (children and adults); detailed explanations; good resource for teachers and tutors or as a self-guided refresher
4.0 out of 5 stars Needed it for a class 24 Oct 2012
By J. Husar - Published on Amazon.com
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So I needed this for a class, and actually it's pretty good. It is very clearly written, although some of the lessons they describe clearly happened on a planet where children are perfect.
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