March 2018 archive

First Language Use in Second and Foreign Language Learning

Edited by: Miles Turnbull, Jennifer Dailey-O’Cain This volume offers fresh perspectives on a controversial issue in applied linguistics and language teaching by focusing on the use of the first language in communicative or immersion-type classrooms. It includes new work by both new and established scholars in educational scholarship, second language acquisition, and sociolinguistics, as well …

Continue reading

Mixed-methods research in language teaching and learning: Opportunities, issues and challenges A. Mehdi Riazi and Christopher N. Candlin

Abstract This state-of-the-art paper foregrounds mixed-methods research (MMR) in language teaching and learning by discussing and critically reviewing issues related to this newly developed research paradigm. The paper has six sections. The first provides a context for the discussion of MMR through an introductory review of quantitative and qualitative paradigms. In the second section we …

Continue reading

Third or Additional Language Acquisition Author: Gessica De Angelis

Third or Additional Language Acquisition examines research on the acquisition of languages beyond the L2 withing four main areas of inquiry: crosslinguistic influence, multilingual speech production models, the multilingual lexicon and the impact of bi/multilingualism on cognitive development. The book critically examines the evidence available keeping two main questions in mind. The first is whether …

Continue reading

Crosslinguistic Influence in Language and Cognition By Scott Jarvis, Aneta Pavlenko

A cogent, freshly written synthesis of new and classic work on crosslinguistic influence, or language transfer, this book is an authoritative account of transfer in second-language learning and its consequences for language and thought. It covers transfer in both production and comprehension, and discusses the distinction between semantic and conceptual transfer, lateral transfer, and reverse …

Continue reading

Cross-linguistic Similarity in Foreign Language Learning by Håkan Ringbom

This book explores the importance of cross-linguistic similarity in foreign language learning. While linguists have primarily focussed upon differences between languages, learners strive to make use of any similarities to prior linguistic knowledge they can perceive. The role of positive transfer is emphasized as well as the essential differences between comprehension and production. In comprehension …

Continue reading

Lexical Processing in Second Language Learners

Papers and Perspectives in Honour of Paul Meara Edited by: Tess Fitzpatrick, Andy Barfield Multilingual Matters, 2009 This book presents studies from authors at the cutting edge of second language vocabulary research, whose output represents much of the current focus and direction of work in this area. The authors address various aspects of L2 lexical …

Continue reading

The Roles of Agency and Context Author: Xuesong Gao

Strategic Language Learning This monograph reports on a longitudinal inquiry into mainland Chinese undergraduates’ language learning experiences in an English medium university in a multilingual setting with a focus on their strategic language learning efforts. This book examines the issue as to what extent language learners’ strategic learning efforts depend on their ‘choice’, if ‘the …

Continue reading

Language awareness and language learning by Agneta M-L. Svalberg

Abstract This article reviews Language Awareness (LA) as a field of research and practice. It deals with the period from 1990 to the present, asking what LA is, how it has been collectively constructed during this time, what the theoretical underpinnings might be and what it means in practical, methodological terms in the classroom and …

Continue reading

Dyslexia in the Foreign Language Classroom Author: Joanna Nijakowska

Multilingual Matters This book addresses specific learning difficulties in reading and spelling – developmental dyslexia. Set in the cross-linguistic context, it presents issues surrounding dyslexia from the perspective of a foreign language teacher. It is intended to serve as a reference book for those involved in foreign language teaching, including experienced in-service teachers and novice …

Continue reading

Skip to toolbar