With a focus on communicative language teaching as it reflects cognitive and second language acquisition theory, this classic in the field provides a wealth of strategies and activities ready to use in the K-8 foreign language classroom. This popular and completely updated text is the only comprehensive foreign language methods text for K-8 classrooms that is also accessible and engaging for undergraduate students. Languages and Children: Making the Match, Fourth Edition, provides extensive new information that is not easily accessible to the field. The Fourth Edition maintains the integrity of past editions while reflecting the new and fascinating language issues that exist in today’s classrooms and making standards-based planning and instruction the guiding principles throughout the book.
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the fourth edition of this classic resource has significant new coverage of assessment.Advocating for early language literacy, Curtain and Dahlberg provide the rationale, strategies and activities for developing early language literacy, helping teachers make the connection between first and second language literacy and encouraging them to integrate the written word even at early points in language development. In addition, readers will discover strategies for interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes of communication as well as helpful ideas about classroom activities, assessment, and thematic planning that will revitalize their teaching. Finally, suggestions and resources for continuing professional growth of the early language teacher have been included.Elementary school teachers.About the Author:
Helena Curtain served as Foreign Language Curriculum Specialist for the Milwaukee Public Schools for many years, and in that capacity coordinated and supervised the K—12 foreign language and ESOL programs. During her time as associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, she directed the Foreign Language and ESOL teacher preparation programs. Dr. Curtain is active professionally and was a founding member of the National Network for Early Language Learning, president of her state language organization, and Executive Council member of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. An internationally known expert on language, teaching curriculum, and pedagogy; she has received both state and national awards for her service to the language teaching profession. She also served as a speaker, consultant, and visiting professor both nationally and internationally in 25 countries.
Carol Ann Dahlberg is Professor Emerita in Education at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, where she taught methods courses for secondary and elementary school teachers of foreign languages. She has also taught German to K—12 and at the college level. She has authored and coauthored numerous articles and has received national awards from ACTFL and AATG. A founding member of the National Network for Language Learning, Carol Ann served as its first president. She works nationally and internationally as a consultant, curriculum developer, and workshop leader for early language learning.
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