This authoritative volume is a practical, comprehensive, and state-of-the-art overview of current knowledge and research on second and foreign language teaching and learning.

Thorough and reader-friendly, the Handbook is organized logically into six parts that address all major areas of L2/FL teaching and learning:

  • Part I: Learning Contexts and Language Teaching covers the diverse populations of language learners, their needs, and the challenges they face
  • Part II: Curriculum and Instruction addresses curriculum and materials design, and includes exemplars of instructional approaches with wide applicability across contexts
  • Part III: Listening and Speaking overviews listening pedagogy, speaking skills, and pronunciation, among other key topics
  • Part IV: Reading and Writing includes chapters on all practical matters related to learning to write in another language, with attention to spelling, orthography, extensive reading, and more
  • Part V: Vocabulary and Grammar discusses assumptions and practical approaches on vocabulary and grammar instruction, with attention to important topics such as academic writing and multiword expressions
  • Part VI: Intercultural Communication and Pragmatics concludes the Handbook with an examination of language learning across social, cultural, and regional differences

Bringing together leading experts in the field, the contributors offer important perspectives on major, established, and emerging topics. Each chapter overviews important developments, key research, and considerations and applications for effective second language instruction. A well-rounded, readable, and up-to-date resource, the Handbook is a compendium of the ongoing changes, innovations, and practices in L2/FL teaching and learning. It is an essential resource for students, teachers, faculty, and professionals.

part I|113 pages

Learning contexts and language teaching

chapter 2|16 pages

Second Language Literacy

Kindergarten to Grade 12

chapter 3|15 pages

Teaching L2 Academic Language in K-12

A Contextual and Developmental Perspective

chapter 4|13 pages

English for Academic Purposes

chapter 5|15 pages

English for Specific Purposes

Classroom Needs Analysis

part II|107 pages

Curriculum and instruction

chapter 8|16 pages

Curriculum in language teaching

chapter 9|15 pages

Materials Development for Language Learning

Ways of Connecting Practice and Theory in Coursebook Development and Use

chapter 10|13 pages

Content-Based Instruction

Innovations and Challenges

chapter 12|11 pages

Computer Assisted Language Learning

chapter 14|14 pages

Teaching Online

Design for Engagement

part III|89 pages

Listening and speaking

chapter 16|13 pages

Teaching listening

Dichotomies, choices and practices

chapter 17|18 pages

Second language listening

chapter 20|15 pages

Effective pronunciation teaching

chapter 21|16 pages

Pronunciation and technology

part IV|82 pages

Reading and writing

chapter 22|16 pages

Teaching and learning English spelling

chapter 23|13 pages

L2 Writing

Toward a Theory-Practice Praxis

chapter 24|13 pages

Feedback on L2 Student Writing

Current Trends and Future Directions

chapter 27|11 pages

Extensive reading

part VI|32 pages

Intercultural communication and pragmatics