Every college student seems to be studying English. I see them listening to radio programs on their dormitory bed, studying the dictionary in the back of the classroom, and completing grammar exercises in the cafeteria.
But still, these same students come to me and ask the same question: “Teacher . . . my spoken English is very poor. How to improve my spoken English?”
This app is my answer to their question. This book will reference modern research, but it is not an app for scholars. This app will contain information that will benefit English teachers, but it is not a book for teachers. This is an app for you, the student.
In my reading, much of the literature concerning language acquisition theory and research are designed for teachers. This is great for teachers. And I’m sure many students have benefited from this if their teachers have read them. However, I believe students should not be dependent solely on the ability of the teacher. I desire to give knowledge to the students themselves so that you will be empowered to take charge of your own learning.
This knowledge is not given so that you can criticize your teachers. No matter who your teacher is; no matter what he does in the classroom, you can learn from him. My hope is that you will eagerly learn from whatever type of instruction you receive in the classroom, and then use this knowledge to guide your self-study efforts outside of the classroom.
This app includes:
NTRODUCTION Aptitude Motivation More Than Diligence COMPREHENSIBLE INPUT A Brief History of Linguistic Theory Gaining Access to Comprehensible Input Strategies THE ROLE OF COMMUNICATION Why is Communication Helpful? Whom Will I Speak With? Strategies Saving Face LEARNING GRAMMAR Tips for Grammar Study CONCLUSION