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Schwieter, John W., Ed. – Language Learning & Language Teaching, 2013
This volume brings together theoretical perspectives and empirical studies in second language (L2) acquisition and bilingualism and discusses their implications for L2 pedagogy. The book is organized into three sections that focus on prominent linguistic and cognitive theories and together provide a compelling set of state-of-the-art works. Part I…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Teaching Methods, Learning Processes, Second Language Learning
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Kinginger, Celeste, Ed. – Language Learning & Language Teaching, 2013
The papers in this volume offer a sampling of contemporary efforts to update the portrayal of study abroad in the applied linguistics literature through attention to its social and cultural aspects. The volume illustrates diversification of theory and method, refinement of approaches to social interactive language use, and expansion in the range…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Social Influences, Cultural Influences, Second Language Learning
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Taguchi, Naoko, Ed.; Skyes, Julie M., Ed. – Language Learning & Language Teaching, 2013
Technology-informed approaches to L2 research and teaching have prompted great interest by both researchers and practitioners alike. This book highlights the relationship between digitally-mediated technologies and second language pragmatics by presenting exemplary applications of technology for both research and pedagogy. Part I presents…
Descriptors: Interlanguage, Pragmatics, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Granena, Gisela, Ed.; Long, Mike, Ed. – Language Learning & Language Teaching, 2013
Research on second language acquisition (SLA) has identified language aptitude and age of onset (AO), i.e., the age at which learners are first meaningfully exposed to the L2, as robust predictors of rate of classroom language learning and level of ultimate L2 attainment in naturalistic settings, respectively. It is not surprising, therefore, that…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Language Acquisition, Language Aptitude, Age
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McDonough, Kim, Ed.; Mackey, Alison, Ed. – Language Learning & Language Teaching, 2013
This volume brings together empirical research that explores interaction in a wide range of educational settings. It includes work that takes a cognitive, brain-based approach to studying interaction, as well as studies that take a social, contextual perspective. Interaction is defined quite broadly, with many chapters focusing on oral interaction…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Interaction, Cognitive Processes, Interpersonal Communication
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Dervin, Fred, Ed.; Liddicoat, Anthony J., Ed. – Language Learning & Language Teaching, 2013
The issue of intercultural learning has been tackled, amongst others, in the fields of education, language education and applied linguistics. In spite of the extensive literature on the subject, there is still much which needs to be done to address the ways in which linguistics itself can contribute to intercultural education. The 8 chapters by…
Descriptors: Linguistics, Multicultural Education, Discourse Analysis, Articulation (Speech)
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Housen, Alex, Ed.; Kuiken, Folkert, Ed.; Vedder, Ineke, Ed. – Language Learning & Language Teaching (MS), 2012
Research into complexity, accuracy and fluency (CAF) as basic dimensions of second language performance, proficiency and development has received increased attention in SLA. However, the larger picture in this field of research is often obscured by the breadth of scope, multiple objectives and lack of clarity as to how complexity, accuracy and…
Descriptors: Developmental Stages, Native Speakers, Interlanguage, Speech Communication
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Housen, Alex; Kuiken, Folkert; Vedder, Ineke – Language Learning & Language Teaching (MS), 2012
The theme of this volume, complexity, accuracy and fluency (CAF) as dimensions of second language production, proficiency and development, represents a thriving area of research that addresses two general questions that are at the heart of many studies in second language acquisition and applied linguistics: What makes a second language (L2)…
Descriptors: Applied Linguistics, Second Language Learning, Language Proficiency, Language Fluency
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Bulte, Bram; Housen, Alex – Language Learning & Language Teaching (MS), 2012
This chapter takes a critical look at complexity in L2 research. We demonstrate several problems in the L2 literature in terms of how complexity has been defined and operationalised as a construct. In the first part of the chapter we try to unravel its highly complex, multidimensional nature by presenting a taxonomic model that identifies major…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Language Research, Construct Validity, Classification
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Towell, Richard J. – Language Learning & Language Teaching (MS), 2012
The aim of this chapter, which is written from the perspective of psycholinguistic SLA research, is to establish a possible relationship between representations, processes and mechanisms of second language learning and knowledge as defined from within psycholinguistic SLA on the one hand, and the more behavioural performance outcomes such as…
Descriptors: Language Processing, Evidence, Speech Communication, Second Language Learning
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Agren, Malin; Granfeldt, Jonas; Schlyter, Suzanne – Language Learning & Language Teaching (MS), 2012
This chapter addresses the question of the growth of accuracy and complexity in L2 French from the perspective of developmental sequences of morphosyntax, developmental stages and linguistic profiling. The six developmental stages for L2 French proposed by Bartning and Schlyter (2004) are presented and exemplified and new results are added to the…
Descriptors: Developmental Stages, Language Proficiency, Morphology (Languages), French
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De Jong, Nivja H.; Steinel, Margarita P.; Florijn, Arjen F.; Schoonen, Rob; Hulstijn, Jan H. – Language Learning & Language Teaching (MS), 2012
This study investigated how task complexity affected native and non-native speakers' speaking performance in terms of a measure of communicative success (functional adequacy), three types of fluency (breakdown fluency, speed fluency, and repair fluency), and lexical diversity. Participants (208 non-native and 59 native speakers of Dutch) carried…
Descriptors: Indo European Languages, Native Speakers, Scientific Research, English (Second Language)
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Kuiken, Folkert; Vedder, Ineke – Language Learning & Language Teaching (MS), 2012
The research project reported in this chapter consists of three studies in which syntactic complexity, lexical variation and fluency appear as dependent variables. The independent variables are task complexity and proficiency level, as the three studies investigate the effect of task complexity on the written and oral performance of L2 learners of…
Descriptors: Difficulty Level, Syntax, Linguistic Performance, French
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Skehan, Peter; Foster, Pauline – Language Learning & Language Teaching (MS), 2012
This chapter will present a research synthesis of a series of studies, termed here the Ealing research. The studies use the same general framework to conceptualise tasks and task performance, enabling easier comparability. The different studies, although each is self-contained, build into a wider picture of task performance. The major point of…
Descriptors: Language Fluency, Linguistic Performance, Task Analysis, Guidelines
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Gunnarsson, Cecilia – Language Learning & Language Teaching (MS), 2012
The present longitudinal case study investigated the development of fluency, complexity and accuracy--and the possible relationships between them--in the written production of L2 French. We assessed fluency and complexity in five intermediate learners by means of conventional indicators for written L2 (cf. Wolfe-Quintero et al. 1998), while…
Descriptors: Form Classes (Languages), Grammar, French, Language Fluency
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