The Tapestry of Language Learning: The Individual in the Communicative Classroom

  • AUTHORS: Robin C. Scarcella; Rebecca L. Oxford
  • ISBN-13: 9780838423592 
  • 228 Pages  Paperback 
  • 1st Edition
  • ©1992     Published
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About The Product

This teacher resource book weaves together language learning strategies, learning styles, theme- and task-based instruction, and the relatedness of skills. By using the metaphor of a woven tapestry, this book shows how language learning is created and controlled by the learner with input from many sources, including the teacher, authentic materials, and multimedia. Teachers will also find practical ideas and strategies to implement in class.


  • Holistic, comprehensive communicative approach.
  • Promotes theme- and task-based instruction.
  • Emphasizes students' learning styles, strategies, and cultural backgrounds.
  • Relates language learning process to explicit suggestions.
  • Links student learning styles and strategies with content.
  • Emphasizes the relatedness of skills.

About the Contributor

  • Robin C. Scarcella

  • Rebecca L. Oxford

Table of Contents

I. The Approach: The Whole Tapestry
1. Overview of the Tapestry Approach
II. Learners and Their Language Development: Weavers and Their Weaving
2. Developmental Factors
3. Language-Promoting Interaction
4. Characteristics of Individual Learners
5. Communicative Competence
III. Language Skills: Interwoven Strands
6. Integrating the Language Skills
7. Reading
8. Writing
9. Listening
10. Speaking
11. Grammar
12. Culture