Date: 18-Aug-2011 From: Laura Bally <publicitypeterlang.com> Subject: The Role of Metalinguistic Awareness in the Effective Teaching of Foreign Languages: Roberts E-mail this message to a friend
Title: The Role of Metalinguistic Awareness in the Effective Teaching of Foreign Languages
Series Title: Rethinking Education - Volume 10
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
Author: Anthony David Roberts
Paperback: ISBN: 9783034302807 Pages: 449 Price: U.S. $ 82.95
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Attempts to explain children's ability to focus on language as medium rather than message have varied dramatically over the years. Studies in the field of metacognition have shown that this has a bearing on children's growing metalinguistic awareness. Conversely, children's ability to reflect upon and control their own use of language has been seen to have a bearing on the emergence of general metacognitive processes. However, significant differences have emerged not only in the interpretation of the research findings but also in the attempt to reconcile such findings with those of traditional anecdotal sources and to create more explanatory theoretical models.
Starting with a critical review of the various theoretical approaches in the area of metacognition, this book explores in detail a socio-cultural approach, examining the origin, function and cognitive status of metalinguistic awareness. By elaborating and refining the analysis of writers such as Vygotsky in the light of new developments in relevant fields, the author also seeks to outline a model which can be applied to the pedagogic process. The book will be of interest to students and scholars of children's language development, applied linguistics and cognitive psychology, as well as to teachers of foreign languages at all levels.
Contents: Metacognitive and metalinguistic processing - Metalinguistic processing and language development - Towards a model of metalinguistic awareness - Problems of differentiation - Metalinguistic awareness and language planning - Metalinguistic awareness and pedagogy - Towards an effective pedagogy for FLL - Towards a metatheory of SLT.
Anthony David Roberts worked for many years as head of modern languages in inner London schools before taking up a lectureship at the Institute of Education, London, in 1987. From 1988 to 1996 he was senior lecturer and head of modern languages at the Institute of Education. He founded and edited the Languages Forum journal from 1989-1996. On retirement in 1996, he focused on his own writing and research, producing several works including the current volume.