Evaluating Second Language Education (Cambridge Applied Linguistics)

  • Publish Date: 1992-03-27
  • Binding: Paperback
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Responsibility for planning language teaching programmes now carries with it a strong element of accountability Evaluation of the whole process of course design development and implementation is therefore a necessary area of activity for course designers language planners and researchers Evaluating Second Language Education is divided into three parts Part One presents a review of the literature showing how the field got to where it is Part Two contains a series of eight original case studies which illustrate the strengths and limitations of qualitative and quantitative approaches Part Three contains practical advice on how to design and execute evaluations in the field It is a valuable resource both for those already engaged in evaluation and for those in training Responsibility for planning language teaching programs now carries with it a strong element of accountability Evaluation of the whole process of course design development and implementation is therefore a necessary area of activity for course designers language planners and researchers This book brings together accounts of recent work in this increasingly important field and will be a valuable resource both for those already engaged in evaluation and for those in training Part One presents a review of the literature covering past developments in the wider field of educational evaluation as well as specifically in second language education Part Two contains a series of eight original case studies written by scholars involved in evaluations in widely divergent settings The focus in each case is on how the evaluator addresses the difficulties central to each study and the findings are also included The final Part Three provides practical guidance for evaluators offering suggestions about how to set up and carry out evaluations in any given setting



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