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Title: Pedagogical Norms for Second and Foreign Language Learning and Teaching
Subtitle: Studies in honour of Albert Valdman
Edited By: Kathleen Bardovi-Harlig
Sally Sieloff Magnan
Joel Walz
Susan M. Gass
Series Title: Language Learning & Language Teaching

The concept of Pedagogical Norm is grounded in both sociolinguistic and psycholinguistic principles. Pedagogical Norms guide the selection and sequencing of target language features for language teaching and learning. This book both situates and expands on this concept highlighting the interaction of research and pedagogy. The papers collectively illustrate how the concept of pedagogical norm applies to all components of language, including phonology, morphology, syntax, and discourse. The book begins with a discussion of definitions including papers that trace the history of the concept and define what is meant by norms. Also included are papers that apply the concept of pedagogical norms in specific contexts (e.g., intonation, morphology) and to specific languages. Finally, pedagogical norms are extended beyond the more traditional areas of grammatical competence to such disparate areas as listening, discourse, and circumlocution.

Table of Contents

Kathleen Bardovi-Harlig and Susan M. Gass 1•12
Section I: Defining Pedagogical Norms 13
Pedagogical norms: Development of the concept and illustrations from French
Sally Sieloff Magnan and Joel Walz 15•40
Norms, native speakers and reversing language shift
Bernard Spolsky 41•58
Standard, norm, and variability in language learning: A view from foreign language research
Claire Kramsch 59•79
French immersion in Montréal: Pedagogical norm and functional competence
Julie Auger 81•101
Section II: Applying Pedagogical Norms 103
Communicative classrooms, processing instruction, and pedagogical norms
Bill VanPatten 105•118
The initial impact of reading as input for the acquisition of future tense morphology in Spanish
James Lee 119•140
Treating French intonation: Observed variation and suggestions for a pedagogical norm
Laurie Anne Ramsey 141•170
Dislocated subjects in French: A pedagogical norm
Helene Ossipov 171•181
Variant word-order constructions: To teach or not to teach? Evidence from learner narratives
Betsy Kerr 183•198
Section III: Extending Pedagogical Norms 199
Incorporating variation in the French classroom: A pedagogical norm for listening comprehension
Cynthia A. Fox 201•219
A pedagogical norm for circumlocution in French
Sarah Jourdain and Mel Scullen 221•239
Between orality and literacy: Developing a pedagogical norm for narrative discourse
Carl Blyth 241•274
Albert Valdman, the Compassionate Shepherd
Harry Gradman 275•279
Albert Valdman: Rudy Professor of French & Italian and Linguistics 281•297
Subject index 299•305

Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588112616
ISBN-13: 9781588112613
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