Second Language Learning and Teaching

The Ecosystem of the Foreign Language Learner

Selected Issues

Editors: Piechurska-Kuciel, Ewa, Szyszka, Magdalena (Eds.)

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  • Presents a unique combination of research issues in foreign language teaching and learning, targeting a wide readership
  • Offers a representative selection of research by some renowned scholars in the field of applied linguistics and second-language acquisition
  • Focuses on various affective, cognitive, and sociocultural aspects of the foreign language teaching/learning process
  • Provides important guidelines to researchers interested in learner ecosystems
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This volume examines selected aspects of the foreign language learning process from an ecological perspective, adopting a holistic view on complex interrelations among and within organisms (L2 language learners) and their milieus (family, school and society). First of all, the personal ecosystem of the learner is taken into consideration, whereby two powerful influences are intertwined: cognitive and affective aspects. The learning space formed by the individual is largely shaped by their affective states coexisting in conjunction with their cognitive processes. Moreover, this specific space is also modified by a wider array of other personal ecosystems or those of cultures. Hence, the ecosystem of the foreign language learner is also subject to influences coming from sociocultural leverage that can be represented by people they know, like parents and language teachers, who can both directly and indirectly manipulate their ecosystem. At the same time other important forces, such as culture as a ubiquitous element in the foreign language learning process, also have the power to shape that ecosystem. Accordingly, the book is divided into three parts covering a range of topics related to these basic dimensions of foreign language acquisition (the cognitive, affective and socio-cultural). Part I, Affective Interconnections, focuses on the body of original empirical research into the affective domain of not only L2 language learners but also non-native language teachers. Part II, Cognitive Interconnections, reports on contributions on language learners’ linguistic processing and cognitive representations of concepts. The closing part, Socio-cultural Interconnections, provides new insights into language learning processes as they are affected by social and cultural factors.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)
  • What the Languages of Our Dreams Tell Us About Our Multilinguality

    Pages 3-17

    Gabryś-Barker, Danuta

  • The Cecily Effect: A Pilot Study

    Pages 19-36

    Hinton, Martin

  • Foreign Language Self-assessment and Willingness to Communicate in and Outside the Classroom

    Pages 37-57

    Baran-Łucarz, Małgorzata

  • A Qualitative Study on Subjective Attitudes and Objective Achievement of Autotelic and Non-autotelic Students of English as a Foreign Language

    Pages 59-70

    Telążka, Beata

  • Simultaneous Reading and Listening Is Less Effective Than Reading Alone: A Study Based on Cognitive Load Theory

    Pages 71-80

    Luchini, Pedro Luis

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Ecosystem of the Foreign Language Learner
Book Subtitle
Selected Issues
Editors
  • Ewa Piechurska-Kuciel
  • Magdalena Szyszka
Series Title
Second Language Learning and Teaching
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-14334-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-14334-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-14333-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-38583-9
Series ISSN
2193-7648
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 200
Number of Illustrations
2 illustrations in colour
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