This comprehensive 2002 book examines approaches to teaching students who aim to make the leap from 'advanced' or 'superior' proficiency in a foreign language to 'near-native' ability. While there are copious publications on classroom techniques and methods for lower levels of instruction, virtually nothing exists about this transition, which is vital for those who intend to use foreign languages in high-level international arenas. This book, by leading practitioners in this area of foreign lang....
[show more]uage teaching, aims to fill this gap and assist those developing language programmes at the 'advanced to distinguished' level.
• Divided into three parts which provide information on different aspects of teaching at this level
- theory of advanced language teaching
- nine sample programs
- description of highly advanced learners based on long-term experience and empirical research
• Presents programs in seven languages - Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Chinese, English, French and German
• Content is both theoretical and pragmatic
Foreword Richard Brecht
Part I. Principles, Practices, and Theory: 1. Principles and practices in teaching superior-level students: not just more of the same Betty Lou Leaver and Boris Shekhtman
2. Toward academic-level foreign language abilities: reconsidering foundational assumptions, expanding pedagogical options Heidi Byrnes
Part II. Programs: 3. Contexts for advanced language learning : a report on an immersion institute Heidi Byrnes
4. Bridging the gap between language for gene....
[show more]ral purposes and language for work: an intensive superior-level language/skill course for teachers, translators, and interpreters Claudia Angelelli and Christian Degueldre
5. Learning Chinese in China: programs for developing superior- to distinguished-level Chinese language proficiency in China and Taiwan Cornelius C. Kubler
6. Developing professional-level oral proficiency: the Shekhtman method of teaching communication Boris Shekhtman and Betty Lou Leaver with Natalia Lord, Ekaterina Kuznetsova, and Elena Ovtcharenko
7. The reading four project: applied technology at the higher levels of foreign language acquisition Catherine W. Ingold
8. In the quest for level 4+ in Arabic: training level 2-3 learners in independent reading Elsaid Badawi
9. Teaching high-level writing skills in English at a Danish University Tim Caudery
10. Heritage speakers as learners at the superior level: differences and similarities between Spanish and Russian student populations Claudia Angelelli and Olga Kagan
11. Teaching Russian language teachers in eight Summer institutes in Russian language and culture Zita Dabars and Olga Kagan
Part III. Learners: 12. Understanding the student at the superior-distinguished threshold Madeline Ehrman
13. Achieving multilingualism: preliminary findings from a study of twenty distinguished-level language users Betty Lou Leaver and Sabine Atwell.