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Title: Review of doctoral research in second language acquisition in Germany (2006-009)
Author: Sigrid Behrent
Author: Sabine Doff
Author: Nicole Marx
Author: Gudrun Ziegler
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Homepage: http://www.multi-learn.org
Institution: Université du Luxembourg
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics; Discipline of Linguistics
Abstract: Our overview of current dissertation work at German universities has identified four main strands of research interest within the field of second language acquisition (SLA). The 38 Ph.D. theses reviewed here were all read between 2006 and 2009 and fall into the subject areas of: foreign language (FL) teaching in primary school, Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) and multilingual pedagogy, language learner autonomy, and multimedia and language learning. Research methods are mostly qualitative in nature, although method and instrument triangulation are common, and studies often involve smaller research groups. The focus of study tends to be quite practical, reflecting the need to adapt teaching curriculums and learning materials to changing learning situations and populations.

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This article appears IN Language Teaching Vol. 44, Issue 2, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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