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Foreign Language Study English As A Second Language

The ESL Classroom

Teaching, Critical Practice, and Community Development

by (author) Brian D. Morgan

University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Initial publish date
Nov 1998
English as a Second Language, Adult & Continuing Education, General
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    Publish Date
    Nov 1998
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The complexities of teaching English as a second language to those newly arrived in Canada are addressed with insight and humour in this book. Brian Morgan draws extensively on his own teaching experience in Canada and China to reinvestigate the nature and aims of ESL teaching and to formulate approaches to becoming a more effective ESL teacher.

Morgan's central principle is that ESL theories, materials, and approaches should be relevant to the social, political, and cultural conditions of each group of students. He stresses the importance of finding subject matter that will provide meaningful content for lessons, suggesting that discussion topics such as ecology, gender roles, changing social identity, and employment equity are often valid and appropriate for immigrant groups. Written for teachers by a teacher, the book includes lesson plans, examples of students' work, and vivid anecdotes of classroom incidents, presenting an important new perspective on ESL teaching.

About the author

BRIAN D. MORGAN is an ESL instructor, curriculum consultant, and teacher trainer for the Toronto Chinese Community Services Association and the Toronto Catholic School Board.

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