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Intercultural Language Use and Language Learning

Alcon Soler, Eva, Safont Jorda, Maria Pilar (Eds.)

2007, VIII, 288 p.

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  • Includes well known names in applied linguistics
  • Contains original empirical studies dealing with ELF and bilingual learners
  • Up-to-date discussion of intercultural theory and research
  • Links intercultural research to language learning and teaching

This volume attempts to address an issue that deserves further attention on the part of language acquisition researchers: that of intercultural learners in instructed language contexts. Given the fact that most speech communities where such learning takes place are at least bilingual, and the idea that English is studied for the purposes of communication among people from different cultures, the book focuses on English learners as intercultural speakers. In so doing, the volume brings together three main research areas: those of the study of English as a lingua franca, the development of communicative competence and the use and acquisition of a language beyond a second one in instructed contexts.

This book is for researchers with an interest in the field of second/foreign language acquisition and use, scholars examining learner variables in instructional contexts, and scholars adopting a sociolinguistic perspective in the study of oral discourse and languages in contact.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Language use - Sprachentwicklungsstörungen - discourse - interlanguage - language acquisition - multilingualism - pragmatics

Related subjects » Education & Language - Learning & Instruction - Linguistics

Table of contents 

Intercultural Language Use and Language Learning: An Introduction.-What is an ‘Intercultural Speaker’?.- Linguistic unity and cultural diversity in Europe: Implications for research on English language and learning.- Rethinking the role of communicative competence in language teaching.- Dealing with intercultural communicative competence in the foreign language classroom.- A role for English as lingua franca in the foreign language classroom?.- Writing-to-learn in instructed language learning contexts.- The acquisition of pragmatic competence and multilingualism in foreign language contexts.- Interindividual variation in self-perceived oral proficiency of English L2 users.- Pragmatic production of third language learners. A focus on request external modification items.- North Korean schools in Japan: An observation of quasi-native heritage language use in teaching English as a third language.- Examining mitigation in requests: A focus on transcripts in ELT coursebooks.- The presentation and practice of the communicative act of requesting in textbooks: focusing on modifiers.- Analysing request modification devices in films: Implications for pragmatic learning in instructed language contexts.

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