It was about one and a half years ago that I finally I arrived where I had always wanted to be and do what I had always wanted-- teach students, support small language communities and conduct research on African languages on my doorstep. The University of Cape Town and my new colleagues welcomed my efforts to establish the Centre for African Language Diversity-- CALDi as well as The African Language Archive-- TALA and I was recently appointed the Mellon Research Chair: African Language Diversity this initiative. The main aim of CALDi is to train young African scholars in descriptive linguistics and open up space for research into African languages at UCT with the hopes of countering the dominance of African linguistics outside the continent. It has been a great challenge for which my whole career has been a form of preparation...Read more
The Cambridge Handbook of Communication Disorders examines the full range of developmental and acquired communication disorders and provides the most up-to-date and comprehensive guide to the epidemiology, aetiology and clinical features of these disorders.
How Much Exposure to English Do International Graduate Students Really Get? Measuring Language Use in a Naturalistic Setting Leila Ranta, Amy Meckelborg
Many believe that the best way to learn a language is to study it in a country where that language is widely spoken. Underlying this belief is the assumption that study in a naturalistic setting will provide learners with ample opportunities for exposure to the target language and interaction with native-speakers of that language. This article reports the findings from a longitudinal study of the quantity and quality of exposure experienced by 17 Chinese graduate students at a Canadian university.
L’assouplissement du schéma IRF en classe de langue comme principe d’un agir professoral: une initiative individuelle, un accomplissement collectif Jose I. Aguilar Río
Cet article comporte, d’une part, l’analyse des interactions entre un enseignant de langue et un groupe d’apprenants et, d’autre part, l’étude collaborative entre l’enseignant et le chercheur de l’agir professoral du premier. Notre démarche puise dans l’analyse conversationnelle et dans les études sur la cognition enseignante. Nos observations confirment que les échanges entre l’enseignant et les apprenants se construisent autour du schéma dit IRF – initiation, réponse, feed-back – grâce auquel l’enseignant accomplit des fonctions pédagogiques telles que la correction ou l’encouragement.
Target-Language Community Involvement: Second-Language Linguistic Self-Confidence and Other Perceived Benefits Kirsten M. Hummel
French native-speaking students (N = 20) enrolled in a university TESL program were asked to participate in a community service-learning project in an English-speaking minority community in Québec. Results from this qualitative study indicated that active community involvement led to strong perceptions of positive effects.
Task Motivation in Process: A Complex Systems Perspective Glen Poupore
While many studies into task-based interaction have been conducted within a cognitive-linguistic perspective, few have been conducted with the aim of investigating learners’ task motivation. Framed within a complex systems approach, the principle objectives of this classroom-based study were to provide a complexity description of task motivation and to identify how various socio-affective and task condition-related elements interact together to influence learner motivation during different types of tasks.