In contexts of instructed second language acquisition there is a need for
teaching methods that are optimally efficient, i.e. teaching interventions
that generate a maximal return on learners' and teachers' investment of
time and effort. In the past couple of decades, many researchers have
argued that insights from Cognitive Linguistics (CL) - when suitably
translated for pedagogical purposes - can make a major contribution to
fostering such language teaching efficiency. This collective volume
assesses and supplements those CL proposals.
The first part of the book positions CL-inspired language pedagogy
vis-à-vis recent trends in mainstream applied linguistics and illustrates
through several case studies that language-focused instruction (including
CL-inspired instruction) is a useful - if not indispensable - complement to
learner-autonomous, incidental acquisition. The second part demonstrates
how CL research can help pedagogues identify hitherto neglected language
elements that merit explicit targeting in second language instruction. The
third part consists of contributions that put the pedagogical efficiency of
several CL-inspired interventions to the test in classroom experiments.
Additions to the currently available armoury of teaching methods are
proposed. The kinds of target language items under examination in the book
range from single words over multiword units to grammar patterns.
Throughout, the volume illustrates how much pedagogy-oriented Cognitive
Linguistics has matured in recent years.