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Methodological Developments in Teaching Spanish As a Second and Foreign Language

Abstract

This book on applied linguistics presents new trends and improvements on the teaching of Spanish. It deals with two major scopes in the field of linguistics that have a crucial role in the development of language teaching in general and of the teaching of Spanish in particular: Interaction and Grammar. The topics chosen coincide with the areas in which the communicative approach to language teaching dominant in European and American colleges and universities since the 1970s and 80s has been the object of most revision.

Methodological Developments in Teaching Spanish As a Second and Foreign Language. Newcastle upon Tyne : Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012. 2012. Print.

On the first chapters, the book appeals both to pragmatics and to discourse analysis to research the specifics of classroom discourse and classroom interaction, as well as the differences between interactions among Spanish native speakers and interaction among non-natives, in order to develop methodologies for the effective reincorporation of these aspects to the Spanish language classroom, such as tasks to teach interaction or techniques to implement learner-centered interactive class dynamics and cooperative learning.

The last two chapters, this book reviews the pedagogical advantages of language description based on Cognitive Grammar theory and explains different aspects of the Spanish grammar. The main purpose of our contribution is to show how taking into account different dimensions of perspective in linguistic representations helps teachers to elucidate idiosyncratic and subtle contrasts of Spanish structure, such as the selection of verbal mood and aspect.

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