Identity Motivation and Autonomy in Language Learning

Author: Dr. Garold Murray
Publisher: Multilingual Matters
ISBN: 9781847694980
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In this volume researchers from Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North and South America employ a variety of theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches in their exploration of the links between identity, motivation, and autonomy in language learning. On a conceptual level the authors explore issues related to agency, metacognition, imagination, beliefs, and self. The book also addresses practice in classroom, self-access, and distance education contexts, considering topics such as teachers’ views on motivation, plurilingual learning, sustaining motivation in distance education, pop culture and gaming, study abroad, and the role of agency and identity in the motivation of pre-service teachers. The book concludes with a discussion of how an approach which sees identity, motivation, and autonomy as interrelated constructs has the potential to inform theory, practice and future research directions in the field of language teaching and learning.

Emotions in Second Language Teaching

Author: Juan de Dios Martínez Agudo
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319754386
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This edited volume explores the multifaceted nature of teacher emotions, presenting current research from different approaches and perspectives, focused towards the second language classroom. Twenty three chapters by well-known scholars from the applied linguistics, TESOL and educational psychology fields provide the reader with a holistic picture of teacher emotions, making this collection a significant contribution to the field of second language teaching. Given the emotional nature of teaching, the book explores a number of key issues or dimensions of L2 teachers’ emotions that were until now rarely considered. The contributions present the views of a select group of applied linguistic researchers and L2 teacher educators from around the world. This international perspective makes the book essential reading for both L2 teachers and teacher educators.

Challenges of Second and Foreign Language Education in a Globalized World

Author: Mirosław Pawlak
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319669753
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This edited collection brings together papers by eminent scholars who attempt to demonstrate how challenges can most successfully be ameliorated with an eye to enhancing the effectiveness of the processes of language teaching and learning. In Part One, emphasis is placed on challenges that second language education has to face, both those more general, dealing with language policy issues, and those more specific, concerned with instructional options in the language classroom. Part Two focuses on challenges involved in researching the processes of teaching and learning in the second and foreign languages classroom, both with respect to research methodology and efforts to tap some variables impinging upon the effects of instruction. Finally, Part Three is devoted to challenges involved in second and foreign language teacher education, the quality of which to a large extent determines the outcomes of second language education in any educational context.

The Routledge Handbook of Language Awareness

Author: Peter Garrett
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317385330
Format: PDF
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The Routledge Handbook of Language Awareness is a comprehensive and informative overview of the broad field of language awareness. It contains a collection of state-of-the-art reviews of both established themes and new directions, authored and edited by experts in the field. The handbook is divided into three sections and reflects the engaging diversity of language awareness perspectives on language teaching and teachers, language learning and learners, and extending to additional areas of importance that are less directly concerned with language instruction. In their introductory chapter, the editors provide valuable background to the language awareness field along with their summary of the chapters and issues covered. A helpful section giving further reading suggestions for each of the chapters is included at the end of the book. This volume is essential reading for graduate students and researchers working in the sphere of language awareness within applied linguistics, sociolinguistics and across the wider spectrum of language and communication.

Narratives of learning and teaching EFL

Author: Paula Kalaja
Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
ISBN: 9780230545434
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A collection of research reports on lived experiences of the English language focusing on the subjective meanings and emotions involved in EFL contexts of learning and teaching. The contributors make use of fresh theoretical frameworks and innovative methods of data collection and analysis, including verbal and visual narratives.

Beliefs About SLA

Author: P. Kalaja
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1402047517
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This edited collection of articles illustrates recent work on beliefs about second language acquisition, drawing on the thinking of educational philosophers and discursive psychologists including Dewey, Bakhtin, Vygotsky, and Potter. Coverage extends to beliefs held by second/foreign language learners and as well as teachers. The book includes detailed accounts of starting points, definitions, methods of data collection and analysis, main findings and implications for further research.

Learner Identity and Learner Beliefs in EFL Writing

Author: Olga Majchrzak
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319695606
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This book focuses on the concept of learner writer identity in the context of foreign language writing. The author demonstrates that the process of writing in a foreign language is much more complex and personal than many writing instructors may assume. The book’s theoretical chapters address such concepts as bilingualism, the process of L2 writing, and identity in L2 writing. The book’s empirical section discusses the students’ views on writing in L1 and in L2, the students’ writing processes in both languages, and the students’ identities in L1 and L2 writing. It is shown that writing in L2 poses problems of a linguistic nature; however, for the advanced EFL learners writing in L2 also creates opportunities they would never have when composing in their mother tongue.

The Applied Linguistic Individual

Author: Phil Benson
Publisher: Equinox
ISBN: 9781908049391
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Research in language acquisition has traditionally steered clear of notions of learner individuality favouring instead to search for universal acquisition processes, or emphasising the psychological/sociological group characteristics over those of individuals. More recently, however, autonomy, agency and identity have begun to emerge as important constructs through which researchers are seeking to understand relationships between individuals and the social contexts in which they learn and use languages, and case studies of individuals have become a preferred approach to applied linguistics research. The contributions in this volume of essays explore the important questions that these developments raise about the relationship between the social and individual and the philosophical and methodological issues they create. The contributors explore how individuality is conceptualised in socially-oriented approaches to applied linguistics research, including sociocultural theory, situated learning, imagined communities, complexity theory, and autonomy theory. Is there a tension between the social and the individual in these approaches, and if so, how is it manifested and resolved in empirical research?

Reflective Dialogue

Author: Satoko Kato
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 131757754X
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Reflective Dialogue presents professional educators with the necessary background and skills to engage in reflective dialogue with language learners effectively. It draws on work in the fields of advising in language learning, reflective practice, sociocultural theory, language learner autonomy, counseling, and life coaching to provide both an introduction to the field and guidance for researching advising in action. The book also includes a wide variety of practical ideas and over 30 sample dialogues that offer clear demonstrations of the concepts discussed in practice. This dynamic textbook’s practical approach illustrates how reflective dialogue can promote language learner autonomy and how language advising can be implemented successfully both inside and outside the classroom.