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GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY ROUND TABLE ON LANGUAGES ANDLINGUISTICS 1994: EDUCATIONAL LINGUISTICS, CROSSCULTURALCOMMUNICATION, AND GLOBAL INTERDEPENDENCE.James E. Alatis(Ed.). Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 1994. Pp. 402. $35.00 paper.

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 March 1997

Joan Kelly Hall
Affiliation:
University of Georgia

Abstract

This collection of 28 papers was first presented at the 1994 GURT. The theme of the conference was educational linguistics, crosscultural communication, and global interdependence. The vastness of the theme is reflected in the diversity of the chapter topics. Twelve of 28 deal with curricular issues. Of these, those by Kachru, Nyikos, D. Freeman, van Lier, Loew, and Richards discuss issues and concerns broadly related to the preparation of language teachers. D. Freeman's chapter is worthy of note because it offers an interesting discussion on the various strands of scholarship, which he suggests comprise the knowledge base of language teaching. Six of the 12 chapters center on curricular issues for the language classroom. Matters relating to the teaching of culture are dealt with by Oxford and Bamgbose. Brown discusses “responsive language teaching.” Citkina reports on innovative foreign language methods recently introduced in the Ukraine. A good discussion on computer-mediated communication and its usefulness to the language classroom is offered by Stauffer. Pica provides an excellent overview of the research on task-related learning and an equally useful discussion of its pedagogical implications.

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© 1997 Cambridge University Press

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