LINGUIST List 13.2578

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  1. Paul Peranteau, Individual Differences and Instructed Language Learning

Message 1: Individual Differences and Instructed Language Learning

Date: Wed, 09 Oct 2002 09:34:55 -0400
From: Paul Peranteau <>
Subject: Individual Differences and Instructed Language Learning

Title: Individual Differences and Instructed Language Learning
Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: John Benjamins

Editor: Peter Robinson

Hardback: ISBN: 1588112306, Pages: 387, Price: USD 86.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9027216932, Pages: 387, Price: EUR 95.00
Paperback: ISBN: 1588112314, Pages: 387, Price: USD 29.95
Paperback: ISBN: 9027216940, Pages: 387, Price: EUR 33.00


Second language learners differ in how successfully they adapt to, and
profit from, instruction. This book aims to show that adaptation to L2
instruction, and subsequent L2 learning, is a result of the
interaction between learner characteristics and learning
contexts. Describing and explaining these interactions is
fundamentally important to theories of instructed SLA, and for
effective L2 pedagogy. This collection is the first to explore this
important issue in contemporary task-based, immersion, and
communicative pedagogic settings. In the first section, leading
experts in individual differences research describe recent advances in
theories of intelligence, L2 aptitude, motivation, anxiety and
emotion, and the relationship of native language abilities to L2
learning. In the second section, these theoretical insights are
applied to empirical studies of individual differences-treatment
interactions in classroom learning, experimental studies of the
effects of focus on form and incidental learning, and studies of
naturalistic versus instructed SLA.

Table of Contents:

Introduction: Individual differences and instructed learning
 Peter Robinson
Section I: Theoretical Issues
The theory of successful intelligence and its implications for
 language aptitude testing
 Robert J. Sternberg
Motivation, anxiety and emotion in second language acquisition
 Peter D. MacIntyre
Theorising and updating aptitude
 Peter Skehan
Foreign language acquisition and language-based learning disabilities
 Elena L. Grigorenko
Learning conditions, aptitude complexes and SLA: A framework for
 research and pedagogy
 Peter Robinson
Section II: Empirical Studies
The motivational basis of language learning tasks
 Zoltan D�rnyei
The role of learners' language analytic ability in the communicative
 Leila Ranta
Individual differences in working memory, noticing of interactional
feedback and L2 development
 Alison Mackey, J. Philp, Takako Egi, Akiko Fujii and Tomoaki
Effects of individual differences in working memory, aptitude and
 intelligence on adult incidental SLA: A replication and extension of
 Reber, Walkenfield and Hernstadt (1991)
 Peter Robinson
Aptitude-exposure interaction effects on Wh-movement violation
 detection by pre-and-post-Critical Period Japanese bilinguals
 Steven Ross, Naoko Yoshinaga and Miyuki Sasaki
Age, aptitude and second language learning on a bilingual exchange
 Birgit Harley and Doug Hart

"The significant advance, and unifying coherence, of this book is to
describe, in a variety of educational settings around the world, the
array of psychological constructs that combine and interact in the
learning and teaching of languages. The interrelations prove to be
more intricate, and more intriguing, than most previous books or
single theories would have had us believe."

Alister Cumming, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education,
University of Toronto

Lingfield(s): Applied Linguistics,

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