"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more
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Studies in Second Language Learning and Teaching
The imagination can be an incredibly powerful resource for language learners, yet as researchers and educators we know very little about how they employ this resource or how we may utilize it in order to facilitate successful learning. Scholarly interest to date has tended to focus on the links between the imagination and creativity, and it is only in recent years that researchers have begun to take an interest in how the imaginations of language learners can shape identity formation, inform self-concept, and influence their motivation, goals and approaches to learning. The aim of this Studies in Second Language Learning and Teaching special issue is to stimulate discussion that will contribute to a greater understanding of the functioning of the imagination in relation to language learning and help educators meet the challenge of developing pedagogical interventions that harness its power.
Studies in Second Language Learning and Teaching invites proposals for submissions to this special issue focusing on the role of the imagination in language learning. We invite both conceptual and empirical papers, welcoming a broad range of theoretical and methodological perspectives. For more details about submission visit our site:
Proposals should consist of a titled abstract of not more than 200 words and must be received by Friday 25th January, 2013. For accepted proposals, the deadline for submission of full articles will be Friday 12th July, 2013. Please submit your abstract proposals to the editors, Stephen Ryan and Sarah Mercer, to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org