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Theorizing and Analyzing Agency in Second Language Learning: Interdisciplinary Approaches

by Ping Deters, Dr. Xuesong (Andy) Gao, Elizabeth R. Miller & Gergana Vitanova Multilingual Matters (November 24, 2014)

This book showcases how language learner agency can be understood and researched from varying perspectives by providing, for the first time, a collection of diverse approaches in one volume. The volume is organised...


Consciousness and Second Language Learning

by John Truscott Multilingual Matters (November 13, 2014)

This book explores the place of consciousness in second language learning. It offers extensive background information on theories of consciousness and provides a detailed consideration of both the nature of...


Pronunciation in EFL Instruction: A Research-Based Approach

by Jolanta Szpyra-Kozłowska Multilingual Matters (December 05, 2014)

In view of recent debates on the global spread of English and its international lingua franca role, what pronunciation models are appropriate for millions of EFL learners? Which aspects of English phonetics...


Motivational Dynamics in Language Learning

by Zoltan Dornyei, Dr. Peter D. MacIntyre & Alastair Henry Multilingual Matters (October 03, 2014)

This landmark volume offers a collection of conceptual papers and empirical research studies that investigate the dynamics of language learning motivation from a complex dynamic systems perspective. The contributors...


Discontinuity in Second Language Acquisition: The Switch Between Statistical and Grammatical Learning

by Stefano Rastelli Multilingual Matters (September 12, 2014)

With a particular focus on the morphosyntactic features of second language, this book discusses the idea that language acquisition is a discontinuous and 'quantized' process and thus that some items might be...


The Impact of Self-Concept on Language Learning

by Kata Csizer & Michael Magid Multilingual Matters (August 27, 2014)

This edited volume seeks to highlight the effects of self-concept on L2 learning and teaching by considering a wide range of theories as well as their practical application. The book is divided into four sections...


Measuring L2 Proficiency: Perspectives from Sla

by Pascale Leclercq, Amanda Edmonds & Heather Hilton Multilingual Matters (June 23, 2014)

The creation of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) has given rise to interest and debate among policy makers, testers, teachers and researchers alike in the reliability and feasibility...


Studies in Second Language Acquisition of Chinese

by Dr. ZhaoHong Han Multilingual Matters (May 08, 2014)

Interest in learning Chinese as an additional language has soared worldwide over the last ten years. Yet little is known about the learning process, and much less about what pedagogical strategies might facilitate...


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...


Sociocultural Theory and L2 Instructional Pragmatics

by Rémi A. van Compernolle Multilingual Matters (January 29, 2014)

The book outlines a framework for teaching second language pragmatics grounded in Vygotskian sociocultural psychology. The framework focuses on the appropriation of sociopragmatic concepts as psychological tools...


Capitalizing on Language Learners' Individuality: From Premise to Practice

by Dr. Tammy Gregersen & Dr. Peter D. MacIntyre Multilingual Matters (December 11, 2013)

This book closes the gap between theory and classroom application by capitalizing on learners' individuality in second or foreign language learning. The book examines the existing literature and theoretical...


Language Learning Motivation in Japan

by Matthew T. Apple, Dr. Dexter Da Silva & Terry Fellner Multilingual Matters (September 27, 2013)

This book synthesises current theory and research on L2 motivation in the EFL Japanese context carried out by internationally recognized researchers and upcoming researcher-educators working in various educational...


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...


The Sociolinguistic Competence of Immersion Students

by Raymond Mougeon, Terry Nadasdi & Katherine Rehner Multilingual Matters (January 28, 2010)

This book reports the findings of an extensive research project on the acquisition of the native norms of spoken French variation by French immersion students who have learnt their second language primarily...


Motivation, Language Identity and the L2 Self

by Zoltan Dornyei & Dr. Ema Ushioda Multilingual Matters (January 12, 2009)

Due to its theoretical and educational significance within the language learning process, the study of L2 motivation has been an important area of second language acquisition research for several decades. Over...


Lexical Processing in Second Language Learners: Papers and Perspectives in Honour of Paul Meara

by Tess Fitzpatrick & Dr. Andy Barfield Multilingual Matters (May 20, 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...


Early Learning of Modern Foreign Languages: Processes and Outcomes

by Marianne Nikolov Multilingual Matters (February 27, 2009)

Modern languages are offered to young learners at an increasingly early age in many countries; yet few publications have focused on what is available to children in different contexts. This volume fills this...


Age and the Rate of Foreign Language Learning

by Carmen Muñoz Multilingual Matters (July 07, 2006)

This book examines the various ways in which age affects the process and the product of foreign language learning in a school setting. It presents studies that cover a wide range of topics, from phonetics to...


Investigating Pragmatics in Foreign Language Learning, Teaching and Testing

by Dr. Eva Alcón Soler & Alicia Martinez-Flor Multilingual Matters (July 18, 2007)

The book focuses on investigating pragmatic learning, teaching and testing in foreign language contexts. The volume brings together research that investigates these three areas in different formal language learning...


Language Learners in Study Abroad Contexts

by Dr. Margaret A. DuFon & Dr. Eton E. Churchill Multilingual Matters (January 18, 2006)

Examining the overseas experience of language learners in diverse contexts through a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches, studies in this volume look at the acquisition of language use, socialization...


Input Matters in SLA

by Prof. Thorsten Piske & Dr. Martha Young-Scholten Multilingual Matters (December 23, 2008)

This volume bridges the knowledge gap between second language acquisition researchers and second language pedagogy professionals in its focus on a topic of mutual interest: input. The reader-friendly contributions...


Language Acquisition: The Age Factor

by Prof. David Singleton & Lisa Ryan Multilingual Matters (September 06, 2004)

This book examines the evidence relative to the idea that there is an age factor in first and second language acquisition, evidence that has sources ranging from studies of feral children to evaluations of language...


Writing in Foreign Language Contexts: Learning, Teaching, and Research

by Rosa Manchon Multilingual Matters (July 09, 2009)

This book represents the most comprehensive account to date of foreign language (FL) writing. Its basic aim is to reflect critically on where the field is now and where it needs need to go next in the exploration...


Content and Language Integrated Learning: Evidence from Research in Europe

by Yolanda Ruiz de Zarobe & Dr. Rosa María Jiménez Catalán Multilingual Matters (May 11, 2009)

This book contributes to the growth of interest in Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL), an approach to second/foreign language learning that requires the use of the target language to learn content....


Motivation, Language Attitudes and Globalisation: A Hungarian Perspective

by Zoltan Dornyei, Kata Csizer & Nóra Németh Multilingual Matters (April 12, 2006)

This volume presents the results of the largest ever language attitude/motivation survey in second language studies. The research team gathered data from over 13,000 Hungarian language learners on three successive...


Vocabulary Learning Strategies and Foreign Language Acquisition

by Dr. Višnja Pavii Taka Multilingual Matters (February 04, 2008)

This is the first book that deals primarily with vocabulary learning strategies as a specific and integral subgroup of language learning strategies. Its aim is to define the concept of language learning strategies...


Portraits of the L2 User

by Prof. Vivian Cook Multilingual Matters (August 06, 2002)

Portraits of the L2 User treats second language users in their own right rather than as failed native speakers. It describes a range of psychological and linguistic approaches to diverse topics about L2 users....


Implicit and Explicit Knowledge in Second Language Learning, Testing and Teaching

by Dr. Rod Ellis, Shawn Loewen, Prof. Catherine Elder & Dr. Hayo Reinders et al. Multilingual Matters (June 19, 2009)

The implicit/explicit distinction is central to our understanding of the nature of L2 acquisition. This book begins with an account of how this distinction applies to L2 learning, knowledge and instruction....


Online Communication in a Second Language: Social Interaction, Language Use, and Learning Japanese

by Sarah E. Pasfield-Neofitou Multilingual Matters (October 01, 2012)

Online Communication in a Second Language examines the use of social computer mediated communication (CMC) with speakers of Japanese via longitudinal case studies of up to four years. Through the analysis of...


Intensive Exposure Experiences in Second Language Learning

by Carmen Muñoz Multilingual Matters (September 28, 2012)

This volume brings together studies dealing with second language learning in contexts that provide intensive exposure to the target language. In doing so, it highlights the role of intensive exposure as a critical...


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...


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...


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...


Studying Speaking to Inform Second Language Learning

by Dr. Diana Boxer & Prof. Andrew D. Cohen Multilingual Matters (May 11, 2004)

In a series of studies specially written for this volume, Studying Speaking to Inform Second Language Learning offers the applied linguist research on spoken interaction in second and foreign languages and provides...


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...


Artificial Intelligence in Second Language Learning

by Prof. Marina Dodigovic Multilingual Matters (October 07, 2005)

This volume argues that adults can learn English as a second language if their typical errors are corrected systematically and in line with their preferred style of learning. The remedy designed for this purpose...


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...