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Title: Foreign Language Learning and Use
Subtitle: Interaction in Informal Social Networks
Written By: Naomi Kurata
URL: http://www.continuumbooks.com/books/detail.aspx?BookId=169398&SearchType=Basic
Description:

It is commonly believed that foreign language skills improve through social interaction with speakers of the language. However, there is little research addressing the issue of access to such interaction. This book explores this issue, examining longitudinal case studies of interaction between language learners and speakers of the target language within their informal social networks. It looks at the complex social and personal factors that influence language choice. Kurata reveals that even for motivated learners opportunities to use the target language are limited, and suggests factors that promote language use and opportunities for learning. She proposes ways around obstacles to opportunities for second language use and second language learning and sets out important implications for language teaching in classrooms. A central implication is the necessity for educators to increase their awareness about their student's; self-image as an L2 user. The book features Japanese as the target language under discussion but the results are widely applicable in other language contexts, particularly in English-speaking countries. Contents: 1. Social dimensions of language use and learning \\ 2. Learner's bilingual social networks \\ 3. Changes in L1/L2 use \\ 4. Language selection and its negotiation \\ 5. Opportunities for L2 learning \\ 6. Access to L2 social interaction: implications for language teaching and learning \\ Bibliography \\ Index

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (formerly The Continuum International Publishing Group)
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Second Language Acquisition
Subject Language(s): Japanese
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1441103376
ISBN-13: 9781441103376
Pages: 208
Prices: U.K. £ 24.99