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Ab Initio Language Teaching in British Higher Education

Bavendiek, U and Mentchen, S and Mossmann, C and Paulus, D (Eds). (2022) Ab Initio Language Teaching in British Higher Education. [Book]. Advances in Language Education. UCL Press: London, UK. Green open access

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Drawing extensively on the expertise of teachers of German in universities across the UK, this volume offers an overview of recent trends, new pedagogical approaches and practical guidance for teaching at beginners level in the higher education classroom. At a time when entries for UK school exams in modern foreign languages are decreasing, this book serves the urgent need for research and guidance on ab initio learning and teaching in HE. Using the example of teaching German, it offers theoretical reflections on teaching ab initio and practice-oriented approaches that will be useful for teachers of both German and other languages in higher education. The first chapters assess the role of ab initio provision within the wider context of modern languages departments and language centres. They are followed by sections on teaching methods and innovative approaches in the ab initio classroom that include chapters on the use of music, textbook evaluation, the effective use of a flipped classroom and the contribution of language apps. Finally, the book focuses on the learner in the ab initio context and explores issues around autonomy and learner strengths. The whole builds into a theoretically grounded guide that sketches out perspectives for teaching and learning ab initio languages that will benefit current and future generations of students.

Type: Book
Title: Ab Initio Language Teaching in British Higher Education
ISBN: 9781787359260
ISBN-13: 9781787359260
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.14324/111.9781787359260
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.14324/111.9781787359260
Language: English
Additional information: International licence (CC BY-NC 4.0), https://creativecommons.org/licenses/ by-nc/4.0/. This licence allows you to share and adapt the work for non-commercial use providing attribution is made to the author and publisher (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work) and any changes are indicated. Attribution should include the following information: Bavendiek, U., Mentchen, S., Mossmann, C. and Paulus, D. (eds). 2022. Ab Initio Language Teaching in British Higher Education: The case of German. London: UCL Press. https://doi.org/10.14324/111.9781787359260 Further details about Creative Commons licences are available at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/
Keywords: Modern Foreign Languages, Beginners Teaching, Ab Initio Teaching, German Language Teaching, Language Teaching, Language Learning, Language Teaching Pedagogy, Language Policy, Higher Education Teaching
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10160750
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