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Willingness to Communicate in the Chinese EFL University Classroom: An Ecological Perspective

by Jian-E Peng Multilingual Matters (February 24, 2014)

This book presents mixed-methods research into Chinese students' willingness to communicate (WTC) in an EFL classroom context. The interrelationships between WTC and motivation, communication confidence, learner...


The Acquisition of Sociolinguistic Competence in a Lingua Franca Context

by Mercedes Durham Multilingual Matters (February 24, 2014)

In a world where an increasing amount of communication takes place in English among non-native speakers, this study presents data from email exchanges to provide the first examination of sociolinguistic competence...


Language, Migration and Social Inequalities: A Critical Sociolinguistic Perspective on Institutions and Work

by Alexandre Duchêne, Melissa Moyer & Dr. Celia Roberts Multilingual Matters (November 12, 2013)

Migration and the mobility of citizens around the globe pose important challenges to the linguistic and cultural homogeneity that nation-states rely on for defining their physical boundaries and identity, as...


Globally Speaking: Motives for Adopting English Vocabulary in Other Languages

by Prof. Judith Rosenhouse & Rotem Kowner Multilingual Matters (May 22, 2008)

This volume accounts for the motives for contemporary lexical borrowing from English, using a comparative approach and a broad cross-cultural perspective. It investigates the processes involved in the penetration...


Identity and Language Learning: Extending the Conversation

by Prof. Bonny Norton Multilingual Matters (September 27, 2013)

Identity and Language Learning draws on a longitudinal case study of immigrant women in Canada to develop new ideas about identity, investment, and imagined communities in the field of language learning and...


Collaborative Writing in L2 Classrooms

by Dr. Neomy Storch Multilingual Matters (July 04, 2013)

In this first book-length treatment of collaborative writing in second language (L2) classrooms, Neomy Storch provides a theoretical, pedagogical and empirical rationale for the use of collaborative writing...


Linguistic and Cultural Acquisition in a Migrant Community

by Prof. David Singleton, Prof. Vera Regan & Ewelina Debaene Multilingual Matters (July 04, 2013)

This book provides a linguistic and cultural profile of the Polish diasporic communities in three different European countries: Ireland, France and Austria. The eight contributing chapters present original research...


Self and Identity in Adolescent Foreign Language Learning

by Dr. Florentina Taylor Multilingual Matters (July 04, 2013)

This book explores the role of identity in adolescent foreign language learning to provide evidence that an identity-focused approach can make a difference to achievement in education. It uses both in-depth...


The Affective Dimension in Second Language Acquisition

by Danuta Gabrys-Barker & Joanna Bielska Multilingual Matters (May 03, 2013)

Affectivity is at the core of everything we do in life. Thus, its development is also central to learning/acquisition and is important for educational contexts. The studies presented in this volume consider...


Survival and Development of Language Communities: Prospects and Challenges

by F. Xavier Vila Moreno Multilingual Matters (November 09, 2012)

Too small to be big, but also too big to be really small, medium-sized language communities (MSLCs) face their own challenges in a rapidly globalising world where multilingualism and mobility seem to be eroding...


Using Film and Media in the Language Classroom

by Dr. Carmen Herrero & Isabelle Vanderschelden Multilingual Matters (July 02, 2019)

This book demonstrates the positive impact of using film and audiovisual material in the language classroom. The chapters are evidence-based and address different levels and contexts of learning around the world....


Profiling Learner Language as a Dynamic System

by Dr. ZhaoHong Han Multilingual Matters (July 02, 2019)

This volume sheds empirical light on Complex Dynamic Systems Theory (CDST) by providing five sets of analyses of two longitudinal, interactional datasets, involving two dyads exchanging emails over one academic...


Second Language Literacy Practices and Language Learning Outside the Classroom

by Miho Inaba Multilingual Matters (November 21, 2018)

This book presents a comprehensive and detailed study of literacy practices and language use outside of the classroom by university students of Japanese. It investigates both tasks related to classes (e.g. homework...


Talk, Text and Technology: Literacy and Social Practice in a Remote Indigenous Community

by Inge Kral Multilingual Matters (July 26, 2012)

Talk, Text and Technology is an ethnographic exploration of language, learning and literacy in remote Indigenous Australia. This unique work traces the historical transformation of one Indigenous group across...


Second Language Socialization and Learner Agency

by Lyn Wright Fogle Multilingual Matters (August 02, 2012)

This book examines how Russian-speaking adoptees in three US families actively shape opportunities for language learning and identity construction in everyday interactions. By focusing on a different practice...


Profiles of Dual Language Education in the 21st Century

by Prof. M. Beatriz Arias & Molly Fee Multilingual Matters (September 01, 2018)

In the last 20 years dual language education programs have increased in number and expanded in range. Whereas once they were predominantly focused at the elementary level, they now span from pre-K through to...


Mind Matters in SLA

by Dr. Clare Wright, Prof. Thorsten Piske & Dr. Martha Young-Scholten Multilingual Matters (September 21, 2018)

This book examines key issues in theories of what language is and what happens in the mind during second language acquisition (SLA), inspiring readers to think in new and exciting ways about language learning...


Teacher Leadership for Social Change in Bilingual and Bicultural Education

by Deborah K. Palmer Multilingual Matters (August 17, 2018)

Leadership takes on a tone of urgency when we are struggling for justice. At the same time, the right to lead – the agency to embrace a leadership identity – can also feel more distant when we are marginalized...


Reflections on Task-Based Language Teaching

by Dr. Rod Ellis Multilingual Matters (June 01, 2018)

Task-based language teaching is now a well-established pedagogic approach but problematic issues remain, such as whether it is appropriate for all learners and in all instructional contexts. This book draws...


Multilinguals' Verbalisation and Perception of Emotions

by Pia Resnik Multilingual Matters (June 01, 2018)

This book investigates the interplay of language, emotion and gender in a multilingual context and provides rich insights into the complexities of bilingualism and the field of emotion research, as well as the...


Learning Pragmatics from Native and Nonnative Language Teachers

by Prof. Andrew D. Cohen Multilingual Matters (May 11, 2018)

This book deals with intercultural pragmatics and how both nonnative teachers (NNTs) and native teachers (NTs) may enhance their classroom instruction regarding target language (TL) pragmatics. It focuses primarily...


Portraits of Second Language Learners

by Chie Muramatsu Multilingual Matters (May 11, 2018)

Using second language (L2) socialization theory as a theoretical framework, this book investigates the ways in which four advanced learners of Japanese on an immersion program in the USA exercise their agency...


Immersion Education

by Pádraig Ó Duibhir Multilingual Matters (April 17, 2018)

The body of research in this volume offers a detailed account of the success of young immersion learners of Irish in becoming competent speakers of the minority language. Taking account of in-class and out-of-class...


Second Language Lexical Processes

by Dr. Zsolt Lengyel & Dr. Judit Navracsics Multilingual Matters (May 17, 2007)

The book contains studies on second language lexical processes based on empirical findings by authors mostly from Central Europe. The reader may have access to how lexical items are stored in the memory and...


Input for Instructed L2 Learners

by Dr. Anna Niżegorodcew Multilingual Matters (January 10, 2007)

This book makes Relevance Theory (RT) relevant for L2 teachers and L2 teacher educators, in particular those working in foreign language teaching contexts. L2 classroom discourse data collected in seven research...


Cross-linguistic Similarity in Foreign Language Learning

by Dr. Håkan Ringbom Multilingual Matters (December 18, 2006)

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...


Investigating Tasks in Formal Language Learning

by Dr. María del Pilar García Mayo Multilingual Matters (December 13, 2006)

This book contributes to the growth of interest in task-based language learning and teaching that has been seen in recent years. It brings together research that focuses on various aspects and effects of pedagogic...


Cross-linguistic Influences in the Second Language Lexicon

by Prof. Janusz Arabski Multilingual Matters (February 28, 2006)

This volume contains a selection of papers analyzing language transfer, a phenomenon which results from language contact in bilingual and multilingual language acquisition and learning contexts. The main focus...


Early Trilingualism

by Dr. Julia D. Barnes Multilingual Matters (January 10, 2006)

The book describes how a trilingual child in the Basque Country, where Spanish and Basque are the languages of the community, is able to successfully acquire English at home through interaction with her mother....


Studies of Fossilization in Second Language Acquisition

by Dr. ZhaoHong Han & Dr. Terence Odlin Multilingual Matters (November 11, 2005)

This volume, as a sequel to Fossilization in Adult Second Language Acquisition by Han (2004), brings together a collection of most recent theoretical and empirical studies on fossilization, a classic problem...


Third Language Learners

by Dr. Maria Pilar Safont Jorda Multilingual Matters (April 06, 2005)

The book focuses on one aspect of foreign language acquisition that has not received much attention, that of the effect of bilingualism in the oral production of the English language learners. Two research areas...


Second Language Writing Systems

by Prof. Vivian Cook & Benedetta Bassetti Multilingual Matters (May 23, 2005)

Second Language Writing Systems looks at how people learn and use a second language writing system, arguing that they are affected by characteristics of the first and second writing systems, to a certain extent...


Focus on French as a Foreign Language

by Dr. Jean-Marc Dewaele Multilingual Matters (February 18, 2005)

This book offers sharp new insights into the acquisition and use of French as a foreign language.  The authors are specialists in their particular theoretical paradigms and focus on morphology, morpho-syntax,...


Silence in Second Language Learning

by Dr. Colette A. Granger Multilingual Matters (February 16, 2004)

Within the complex process of second language acquisition there lies a highly variable component referred to as the silent period, during which some beginning second language learners may not willingly produce...


Learning to Request in a Second Language

by Dr. Machiko Achiba Multilingual Matters (February 07, 2003)

This book examines the acquisition of requests in English by a seven- year-old Japanese girl during her 17-month residence in Australia. The study focuses on the linguistic repertoire available to the child...


Grammar Acquisition and Processing Instruction

by Dr. Alessandro Benati & Prof. James F. Lee Multilingual Matters (October 03, 2008)

Research on Processing Instruction has so far investigated the primary effects of Processing Instruction. In this book the results of a series of experimental studies investigating possible secondary and cumulative...


Socializing Identities through Speech Style

by Prof. Haruko Minegishi Cook Multilingual Matters (August 21, 2008)

Drawing on the perspective of language socialization and a theory of indexicality, this book explores ways in which learners of Japanese as a foreign language and their Japanese host families socialize their...


The Acquisition of Sociolinguistic Competence in a Study Abroad Context

by Prof. Vera Regan, Martin Howard & Dr. Isabelle Lemée Multilingual Matters (May 11, 2009)

This volume explores the relationship between 'study abroad' and the acquisition of 'sociolinguistic competence' - the ability to communicate in socially appropriate ways. The volume looks at language development...


Third Language Acquisition and Universal Grammar

by Assist. Prof. Yan-kit Ingrid Leung Multilingual Matters (January 16, 2009)

Third Language Acquisition and Universal Grammar contains nine chapters on adult third language (L3) or multilingual acquisition from the Universal Grammar (UG) perspective. A variety of languages other than...


Morphosyntactic Issues in Second Language Acquisition

by Danuta Gabrys-Barker Multilingual Matters (May 14, 2008)

The volume consists of articles on issues relating to the morphosyntactic development of foreign language learners from different L1 backgrounds, in many cases involving languages which are typologically distant...


Foreign Language Input

by Dr. Rebekah Rast Multilingual Matters (March 07, 2008)

Foreign Language Input: Initial Processing presents the most comprehensive study to date of the starting point of second language acquisition. Its focus is on the language input that learners receive and what...


Japan's Built-in Lexicon of English-based Loanwords

by Dr. Frank E. Daulton Multilingual Matters (December 06, 2007)

Throughout the world, the mother tongue fundamentally affects second language acquisition. Japanese contains thousands of loanwords, many based on the most useful types of English vocabulary. This book examines...


Understanding Second Language Process

by Dr. ZhaoHong Han Multilingual Matters (November 09, 2007)

This book assembles 11 analytical and empirical studies on the process of second language acquisition, probing a wide array of issues, from transfer appropriate processing to L2 default processing strategies,...


Third or Additional Language Acquisition

by Dr. Gessica De Angelis Multilingual Matters (August 09, 2007)

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 Strategy Factor in Successful Language Learning

by Carol Griffiths Multilingual Matters (March 05, 2018)

This book addresses fundamental questions regarding the relationships between successful language learning and strategy use and development, according to learner, situational or target variables. It considers...


The Multilingual Citizen

by Assist. Prof. Lisa Lim, Christopher Stroud & Dr. Lionel Wee Multilingual Matters (February 27, 2018)

In this ground-breaking collection of essays, the editors and authors develop the idea of Linguistic Citizenship. This notion highlights the importance of practices whereby vulnerable speakers themselves exercise...


Language and Mobility: Unexpected Places

by Prof. Alastair Pennycook Multilingual Matters (June 22, 2012)

This book looks at language in unexpected places. Drawing on a diversity of materials and contexts, including farewell addresses to British workers in colonial India, letters written from parents to their children...


European Multilingualism: Current Perspectives and Challenges

by Dr. Rosita Rindler Schjerve & Eva Vetter Multilingual Matters (May 15, 2012)

This book provides a broad sociolinguistic perspective on major questions of political and cultural Europeanization. It is concerned with European multilingualism as it actually results from the intersecting...


Assessing Grammar: The Languages of LARSP

by Dr. Martin J. Ball, David Crystal & Paul Fletcher Multilingual Matters (March 08, 2012)

This collection brings together versions of the Language Assessment Remediation and Screening Procedure (LARSP) in thirteen different languages from around the world. It will be an invaluable resource for speechlanguage...


Dialogues with Ethnography

by Dr. Jan Blommaert Multilingual Matters (December 15, 2017)

This book persuasively argues the case that ethnography must be viewed as a full theoretical system, rather than just as a research method. Blommaert traces the influence of his reading of classic works about...