Second Language Learning in the Early School Years: Trends and Contexts e-Book for Kindle

Second Language Learning in the Early School Years: Trends and Contexts e-Book for Kindle

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Shortlisted for the AAAL Book Award 2016

Shortlisted for the BAAL Book Prize 2015

A detailed exploration of second language learning in the early school years, providing a broad overview of research findings across a range of different contexts.

  • ISBN: 978-0-19-450572-7

Second Language Learning in the Early School Years: Trends and Contexts provides a detailed exploration of second language learning in the early years, examining past and present research evidence on bilingualism, second language, and foreign language learning in childhood, and arguing that young children can learn multiple languages without adverse effect on their overall language development in any of their languages.

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Key features

  • Examines past and present research evidence on bilingualism, second language, and foreign language learning in childhood
  • Highlights the similarities and differences in child L2 learning across different contexts
  • Focuses on learning contexts that intersect with educational provision in the early school years
  • Explores current trends towards a younger starting age for foreign language learning
  • Provides a broad overview of research findings across a range of different contexts

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The series attracts single or co-authored volumes from authors researching at the cutting edge of this dynamic field of interdisciplinary enquiry. The titles range from books that make such developments accessible to the non-specialist reader to those which explore in depth their relevance for the way language is to be conceived as a subject, and how courses and classroom activities are to be designed. As such, these books not only extend the field of applied linguistics itself and lend an additional significance to its enquiries, but also provide an indispensable professional foundation for language pedagogy and its practice.

The scope of the series includes:
  • second language acquisition
  • bilingualism and multi/plurilingualism
  • language pedagogy and teacher education
  • testing and assessment
  • language planning and policy
  • language internationalization
  • technology-mediated communication
  • discourse-, conversation-, and contrastive-analysis
  • pragmatics
  • stylistics
  • lexicography
  • translation

Reviews

  • 'Murphy provides a systematic analysis of different second language learning contexts involving younger learners, closely examining the strengths and weaknesses of these contexts. She also provides useful practical and conceptual guidance for a better understanding of these contexts, with the conviction that bilingualism is an asset. Consequently, from whatever the setting and position the reader is in, this is definitively a book to read and to keep close-by for an informative and consistent "bird's-eye view" of young second language learners.'
    - International Journal of Applied Linguistics
  • 'It is refreshing to read a book about young children learning languages that lives fully up to its title... In this book, although English receives a sizeable amount of attention, it is not the only language treated and we are taken into an array of different social and political circumstances in which learning a language is central to a child's wellbeing... The reports of research in this book set up comparisons and contrasts that offer valuable new insights and areas for reflection...
  • The book's major contribution is that it attempts to gather together research and to make the point that when we are dealing with school-based learning, there is much in the messiness of the contexts of real life to obscure or enrich what the Age Factor brings to the debate and much that we can do through the use of resources or the application of intelligence and good will to make the best of the situation. I wish I could be sure that policy makers as well as teachers and research students would read the book and take heed.'
    - Modern English Teacher

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Home to the most innovative studies in its field, the Oxford Applied Linguistics series furthers research in English teaching and learning, and provides strong foundations for language pedagogy.

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