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A Post-Liberal Approach to Language Policy in Education

by John E. Petrovic Multilingual Matters (November 24, 2014)

This provocative defense of language diversity works through the strengths and weaknesses of liberal political theory to inform language policy. The book presents the argument that policy must occupy the space...


Language Policy in Higher Education: The Case of Medium-Sized Languages

by F. Xavier Vila Moreno & Vanessa Bretxa Multilingual Matters (November 24, 2014)

In today's increasingly interconnected, knowledge-based world, language policy in higher education is rapidly becoming a crucial area for all societies aiming to play a part in the global economy. The challenge...


Theorizing and Analyzing Agency in Second Language Learning: Interdisciplinary Approaches

by Ping Deters, Dr. Xuesong (Andy) Gao, Elizabeth R. Miller & Gergana Vitanova Multilingual Matters (November 24, 2014)

This book showcases how language learner agency can be understood and researched from varying perspectives by providing, for the first time, a collection of diverse approaches in one volume. The volume is organised...


Language Policies in Finland and Sweden: Interdisciplinary and Multi-sited Comparisons

by Mia Halonen, Pasi Ihalainen & Taina Saarinen Multilingual Matters (November 10, 2014)

In this volume, authors from four disciplines join forces to develop an analysis of political discourse on a comparative and multidisciplinary basis. Language policy is often based on the political use of history,...


Consciousness and Second Language Learning

by John Truscott Multilingual Matters (November 13, 2014)

This book explores the place of consciousness in second language learning. It offers extensive background information on theories of consciousness and provides a detailed consideration of both the nature of...


Pronunciation in EFL Instruction: A Research-Based Approach

by Jolanta Szpyra-Kozłowska Multilingual Matters (December 05, 2014)

In view of recent debates on the global spread of English and its international lingua franca role, what pronunciation models are appropriate for millions of EFL learners? Which aspects of English phonetics...


Motivational Dynamics in Language Learning

by Zoltan Dornyei, Dr. Peter D. MacIntyre & Alastair Henry Multilingual Matters (October 03, 2014)

This landmark volume offers a collection of conceptual papers and empirical research studies that investigate the dynamics of language learning motivation from a complex dynamic systems perspective. The contributors...


Challenging the Monolingual Mindset

by Prof. John Hajek & Yvette Slaughter Multilingual Matters (October 02, 2014)

This volume illustrates the distinctive and interconnected use of languages in increasingly diversified communities, examining a range of multilingual contexts, including post-migration settlement, language...


Discontinuity in Second Language Acquisition: The Switch Between Statistical and Grammatical Learning

by Stefano Rastelli Multilingual Matters (September 12, 2014)

With a particular focus on the morphosyntactic features of second language, this book discusses the idea that language acquisition is a discontinuous and 'quantized' process and thus that some items might be...


The Multilingual Turn in Languages Education: Opportunities and Challenges

by Dr. Jean Conteh & Gabriela Meier Multilingual Matters (September 16, 2014)

Starting from the key idea that learners and teachers bring diverse linguistic knowledge and resources to education, this book establishes and explores the concept of the 'multilingual turn' in languages education...


The Impact of Self-Concept on Language Learning

by Kata Csizer & Michael Magid Multilingual Matters (August 27, 2014)

This edited volume seeks to highlight the effects of self-concept on L2 learning and teaching by considering a wide range of theories as well as their practical application. The book is divided into four sections...


The Bilingual Advantage: Language, Literacy and the Us Labor Market

by Rebecca M. Callahan & Patricia C. Gándara Multilingual Matters (September 01, 2014)

The Bilingual Advantage draws together researchers from education, economics, sociology, anthropology and linguistics to examine the economic and employment benefits of bilingualism in the US labor market, countering...


Migrant Communication Enterprises: Regimentation and Resistance

by Maria Sabaté i Dalmau Multilingual Matters (August 04, 2014)

This unique critical sociolinguistic ethnography explores alternative migrant-regulated institutions of resistance and subversive communication technology: the locutorios or ethnic call shops. These migrant-owned...


Motor Speech Disorders: A Cross-Language Perspective

by Prof. Nick Miller & Dr. Anja Lowit Multilingual Matters (July 21, 2014)

Motor speech disorders are a common accompaniment of a whole range of neurological conditions, from stroke, brain injury and Parkinson's disease through to many rarer conditions. This book aims to aid understanding...


Young Children as Intercultural Mediators: Mandarin-speaking Chinese Families in Britain

by Zhiyan Guo Multilingual Matters (June 23, 2014)

This multidisciplinary approach to cultural mediation brings together insights from anthropology, sociology, linguistics and intercultural communication to offer a detailed depiction of family life in immigrant...


Measuring L2 Proficiency: Perspectives from Sla

by Pascale Leclercq, Amanda Edmonds & Heather Hilton Multilingual Matters (June 23, 2014)

The creation of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) has given rise to interest and debate among policy makers, testers, teachers and researchers alike in the reliability and feasibility...


The Language of Adult Immigrants: Agency in the Making

by Elizabeth R. Miller Multilingual Matters (May 22, 2014)

This book is the first to explore the constitution of language learner agency by drawing on performativity theory, an approach that remains on the periphery of second language research. Though many scholars...


Salsa, Language and Transnationalism

by Britta Schneider Multilingual Matters (May 22, 2014)

What happens in globalised social contexts if people identify with a language that is not traditionally considered to be 'their' language? This unique contribution to the field of sociolinguistics scrutinises...


Studies in Second Language Acquisition of Chinese

by Dr. ZhaoHong Han Multilingual Matters (May 08, 2014)

Interest in learning Chinese as an additional language has soared worldwide over the last ten years. Yet little is known about the learning process, and much less about what pedagogical strategies might facilitate...


Rethinking Language and Culture in Japanese Education: Beyond the Standard

by Shinji Sato & Neriko Musha Doerr Multilingual Matters (April 01, 2014)

How does language or culture come to be standardized to the degree that it is considered 'homogeneous'? How does teaching language relate to such standardization processes? How can teaching be mindful of the...


Key Topics in Second Language Acquisition

by Prof. Vivian Cook & Prof. David Singleton Multilingual Matters (April 02, 2014)

This textbook offers an introductory overview of eight hotly-debated topics in second language acquisition research. It offers a glimpse of how SLA researchers have tried to answer common questions about second...


Multilingual Universities in South Africa: Reflecting Society in Higher Education

by Dr. Liesel Hibbert & Christa van der Walt Multilingual Matters (April 03, 2014)

Focusing on the use of African languages in higher education, this book showcases South African higher education practitioners' attempts to promote a multilingual ethos in their classes. It is a first-time overview...


Willingness to Communicate in the Chinese EFL University Classroom: An Ecological Perspective

by Jian-E Peng Multilingual Matters (February 24, 2014)

This book presents mixed-methods research into Chinese students' willingness to communicate (WTC) in an EFL classroom context. The interrelationships between WTC and motivation, communication confidence, learner...


The Acquisition of Sociolinguistic Competence in a Lingua Franca Context

by Mercedes Durham Multilingual Matters (February 24, 2014)

In a world where an increasing amount of communication takes place in English among non-native speakers, this study presents data from email exchanges to provide the first examination of sociolinguistic competence...


Multilingual Aspects of Signed Language Communication and Disorder

by David Quinto-Pozos Multilingual Matters (January 29, 2014)

Inquiry into signed languages has added to what is known about structural variation and language, language learning, and cognitive processing of language. However, comparatively little research has focused on...


Sociocultural Theory and L2 Instructional Pragmatics

by Rémi A. van Compernolle Multilingual Matters (January 29, 2014)

The book outlines a framework for teaching second language pragmatics grounded in Vygotskian sociocultural psychology. The framework focuses on the appropriation of sociopragmatic concepts as psychological tools...


Desiring TESOL and International Education: Market Abuse and Exploitation

by Raqib Chowdhury & Dr. Phan Le Ha Multilingual Matters (January 22, 2014)

This book addresses how Western universities have constructed themselves as global providers of education, and are driven to be globally competitive. It examines how the term 'international' has been exploited...


Teaching and Learning in Multilingual Contexts: Sociolinguistic and Educational Perspectives

by Agnieszka Otwinowska & Dr. Gessica De Angelis Multilingual Matters (January 06, 2014)

It is clearly illogical to search for one good, universal solution for multilingual education when educational contexts differ so widely due to demographic and social factors. The situation is further complicated...


Capitalizing on Language Learners' Individuality: From Premise to Practice

by Dr. Tammy Gregersen & Dr. Peter D. MacIntyre Multilingual Matters (December 11, 2013)

This book closes the gap between theory and classroom application by capitalizing on learners' individuality in second or foreign language learning. The book examines the existing literature and theoretical...


Codeswitching in University English-Medium Classes: Asian Perspectives

by Roger Barnard & James McLellan Multilingual Matters (December 11, 2013)

In the complex, multilingual societies of the 21st century, codeswitching is an everyday occurrence, and yet the use of students' first language in the English language classroom has been consistently discouraged...


The Education of Indigenous Citizens in Latin America

by Regina Cortina Multilingual Matters (December 11, 2013)

This groundbreaking volume describes unprecedented changes in education across Latin America, resulting from the endorsement of Indigenous peoples' rights through the development of intercultural bilingual education....


The Global-Local Interface and Hybridity: Exploring Language and Identity

by Dr. Rani Rubdy & Lubna Alsagoff Multilingual Matters (November 29, 2013)

The chapters in this volume seek to bring hybrid language practices to the center of discussions about English as a global language. They demonstrate how local linguistic resources and practices are involved...


English Language Teachers on the Discursive Faultlines: Identities, Ideologies and Pedagogies

by Assist. Prof. Julia Menard-Warwick Multilingual Matters (November 15, 2013)

This book brings the voices of teachers into the fierce debates about language ideologies and cultural pedagogies in English language teaching. Through interviews and classroom observations in Chile and California,...


Risk in Academic Writing: Postgraduate Students, their Teachers and the Making of Knowledge

by Lucia Thesen & Linda Cooper Multilingual Matters (November 15, 2013)

This book brings together a variety of voices - students and teachers, journal editors and authors, writers from the global north and south - to interrogate the notion of risk as it applies to the production...


Language, Globalization and the Making of a Tanzanian Beauty Queen

by Sabrina Billings Multilingual Matters (November 15, 2013)

Through micro-analysis of language use, this book chronicles young women's pathways to becoming a Tanzanian beauty queen, offering an original perspective on the intersection of language with globalization,...


Managing Diversity in Education: Languages, Policies, Pedagogies

by Prof. David Little, Dr. Constant Leung & Piet Van Avermaet Multilingual Matters (November 08, 2013)

Diversity - social, cultural, linguistic and ethnic - poses a challenge to all educational systems. Some authorities, schools and teachers look upon it as a problem, an obstacle to the achievement of national...


A Scholar's Guide to Getting Published in English: Critical Choices and Practical Strategies

by Mary Jane Curry & Dr. Theresa Lillis Multilingual Matters (November 15, 2013)

In many locations around the globe, scholars are coming under increasing pressure to publish in English in addition to other languages. However research has shown that proficiency in English is not always the...


Communicative Practices at Work: Multimodality and Learning in a High-Tech Firm

by Dr. Jo Anne Kleifgen Multilingual Matters (October 28, 2013)

This book examines communicative practices in a circuit-board manufacturing plant in California's Silicon Valley, where the employees come from diverse ethnolinguistic backgrounds, their activities involve the...


Language, Migration and Social Inequalities: A Critical Sociolinguistic Perspective on Institutions and Work

by Alexandre Duchêne, Melissa Moyer & Dr. Celia Roberts Multilingual Matters (November 12, 2013)

Migration and the mobility of citizens around the globe pose important challenges to the linguistic and cultural homogeneity that nation-states rely on for defining their physical boundaries and identity, as...


Globally Speaking: Motives for Adopting English Vocabulary in Other Languages

by Prof. Judith Rosenhouse & Rotem Kowner Multilingual Matters (May 22, 2008)

This volume accounts for the motives for contemporary lexical borrowing from English, using a comparative approach and a broad cross-cultural perspective. It investigates the processes involved in the penetration...


Identity and Language Learning: Extending the Conversation

by Prof. Bonny Norton Multilingual Matters (September 27, 2013)

Identity and Language Learning draws on a longitudinal case study of immigrant women in Canada to develop new ideas about identity, investment, and imagined communities in the field of language learning and...


Solutions for the Assessment of Bilinguals

by Dr. Virginia C. Mueller Gathercole Multilingual Matters (September 27, 2013)

Solutions for the Assessment of Bilinguals presents innovative solutions for the evaluation of language abilities and proficiency in multilingual speakers - and by extension, the evaluation of their cognitive...


Issues in the Assessment of Bilinguals

by Dr. Virginia C. Mueller Gathercole Multilingual Matters (September 27, 2013)

With growing mass migration across the globe, researchers, practitioners, educators and policy makers are increasingly faced with rising numbers of multilingual children and adults. This volume raises key issues...


Language Learning Motivation in Japan

by Matthew T. Apple, Dr. Dexter Da Silva & Terry Fellner Multilingual Matters (September 27, 2013)

This book synthesises current theory and research on L2 motivation in the EFL Japanese context carried out by internationally recognized researchers and upcoming researcher-educators working in various educational...


Developing Critical Languaculture Pedagogies in Higher Education: Theory and Practice

by Adriana Raquel Díaz Multilingual Matters (August 09, 2013)

Despite widespread agreement about the need to develop interculturally competent graduates, there is a lack of agreement about how this goal may be achieved in practice. This is significant as universities around...


Collaborative Writing in L2 Classrooms

by Dr. Neomy Storch Multilingual Matters (July 04, 2013)

In this first book-length treatment of collaborative writing in second language (L2) classrooms, Neomy Storch provides a theoretical, pedagogical and empirical rationale for the use of collaborative writing...


Literary Translation: A Practical Guide

by Dr. Clifford E. Landers Multilingual Matters (September 13, 2001)

In this book, both beginning and experienced translators will find pragmatic techniques for dealing with problems of literary translation, whatever the original language. Certain challenges and certain themes...


Linguistic and Cultural Acquisition in a Migrant Community

by Prof. David Singleton, Prof. Vera Regan & Ewelina Debaene Multilingual Matters (July 04, 2013)

This book provides a linguistic and cultural profile of the Polish diasporic communities in three different European countries: Ireland, France and Austria. The eight contributing chapters present original research...


Self and Identity in Adolescent Foreign Language Learning

by Dr. Florentina Taylor Multilingual Matters (July 04, 2013)

This book explores the role of identity in adolescent foreign language learning to provide evidence that an identity-focused approach can make a difference to achievement in education. It uses both in-depth...


Managing Translation Services

by Geoffrey Samuelsson-Brown Multilingual Matters (September 12, 2006)

The book is intended principally for those who presently work as a freelance translator with all the inherent limitations this presents in terms of income and being reliant on the limited range of skills that...