Advanced Language Learning

Advanced Language Learning : The Contribution of Halliday and Vygotsky

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'The editor and authors in this volume make a convincing case for focusing on advanced foreign language instruction. Importantly, they invite consideration of this focus as an opportunity to re-examine conventional definitions of the target of instruction. In so doing, readers also learn more about the theories highlighted in this volume, and their capacity to enhance our understanding of advancedness and its development within an educational context. This book thus mediates between linguistic and language learning theories and educational practice, modelling the very best of what applied linguistics has to offer.' Diane Larsen-Freeman, Professor of Education, University of Michigan. The reality of multicultural societies and globalization has increased the demand for language abilities that far exceed those that have typically been associated with communicative competence in a second language. This book examines the acquisition of advanced levels of ability in three parts: theoretical; descriptive; and instructional. It moves beyond the traditional constraints of second language acquisition research by linking systemic functional linguistics and sociocultural theory.The contributors draw primarily on the work of Halliday, Vygotsky and Bakhtin, as well as empirical data from the language classroom, to suggest practical applications towards advanced literacy and linguistic competence.
Advanced Language Learning will be of interest to academics researching systemic functional linguistics, second language acquisition and applied linguistics.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 280 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 17mm | 571g
  • Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0826490719
  • 9780826490711

Table of contents

Introduction; Part I: Theoretical considerations in advanced instructed learning; 1. Educating for advanced foreign language capacities - Christian M I M Matthiessen; 2. Generalised collective dialogue and advanced foreign language capacities - James V. Wertsch; 3. The relevance of languaculture and conceptual knowledge for advanced proficiency - James P. Lantolf; Part II: Description and Instruction; 4. Language, agency and collaboration in advanced second language proficiency - Merrill Swain; 5. The linguistic features of advanced language use - Mary Schleppegrell. 6. The problem of text construction and the advanced language learner - Marianna Ryshina-Pankova; 7. Bilingual heritage speakers acquiring Spanish - Teresa Oteiza; 8. Approaching second language writing instruction - Susan Strauss; 9. Academic French - Alice Caffarel; 10. Meaning-making in Italian - Roberta Piazza; 11. Grammatical metaphor - M. Cecilia Colombi; Part III: Pragmatic and curricular issues; 12. Meeting the challenge of comprehensive curriculum construction - Heidi Byrnes; 13. Genre as a curricular framework for collegiate L2 learning - Cori Crane.; 14. Developing a heritage language speaker track to support L2 acquisition - Sylvia Pessoa; 15. Advanced learning for intermediate learners - N A J Moore.
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mention- Book News Inc./ August 2007
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About Heidi Byrnes

Heidi Byrnes is Professor of German at Georgetown University, USA.
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