A Systems Approach to Language Pedagogy

  • Akira Tajino

Part of the Translational Systems Sciences book series (TSS, volume 17)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Akira Tajino, Craig Smith, Toshiyuki Kanamaru
    Pages 1-10
  3. Ryan W. Smithers
    Pages 69-81
  4. Kyoko Hosogoshi, Sachi Takahashi
    Pages 83-98
  5. Yoshitaka Kato, David Dalsky
    Pages 121-132
  6. Hajime Terauchi, Sayako Maswana
    Pages 133-146
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 147-149

About this book


​This volume represents the first attempt in the field of language pedagogy to apply a systems approach to issues in English language education. In the literature of language education, or more specifically, second or foreign language learning and teaching, each topic or issue has often been dealt with independently, and been treated as an isolated item. Taking grammar instruction as an example, grammatical items are often taught in a sequential, step-by-step manner; there has been no “road map” in which the interrelations between the various items are demonstrated. This may be one factor that makes it more difficult for students to learn the language organically. 

The topics covered in this volume, including language acquisition, pedagogical grammar, and teacher collaboration, are viewed from a holistic perspective. In other words, language pedagogy is approached as a dynamic system of interrelations. In this way, “emergent properties” are expected to manifest. This book is recommended for anyone involved in language pedagogy, including researchers, teachers, and teacher trainers, as well as learners.


Systems Thinking Soft Systems Methodology Systemic Approach Language Pedagogy Meaning-order Approach to Pedagogical Grammar (MAP Grammar)

Editors and affiliations

  • Akira Tajino
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of British and American Studies, Nagoya University of Foreign Studies, Aichi, Japan and Kyoto UniversityKyotoJapan

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