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Provides an up-to-date account of theory and research on the role of individual variables in the process of learning and teaching foreign languages
Focuses upon not only on traditionally recognized cognitive, affective and social factors, but also on learning deficits, as well as approaching all of these from the perspective of both learners and teachers
Brings together contributions not only by Polish scholars but also leading international experts in the field of individual learner differences, thus striking the right balance between a Polish and more global perspective
The volume constitutes an attempt to capture the intricate relationship between individual learner differences and other variables which are of interest to theorists, researchers and practitioners representing such diverse branches of applied linguistics as psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, pragmatics or language teaching methodology. It brings together contributions by Polish and international authors, including leading experts in the field, touching upon changing perspectives on individual variation, cognitive, affective and social variables, learning deficits as well as their impact on learning and teaching. It offers a multifaceted perspective on these problems and shows how theory and research can be translated into classroom practice.