LINGUIST List 31.3279

Tue Oct 27 2020

Books: Cross-Linguistic Transfer of Writing Strategies: Forbes

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Date: 19-Oct-2020
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Subject: Cross-Linguistic Transfer of Writing Strategies: Forbes
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Title: Cross-Linguistic Transfer of Writing Strategies
Subtitle: Interactions between Foreign Language and First Language Classrooms
Series Title: Second Language Acquisition
Published: 2020
Publisher: Multilingual Matters

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Author: Karen Forbes
Hardback: ISBN: 9781788929745 Pages: 208 Price: U.S. $ 139.95
Hardback: ISBN: 9781788929745 Pages: 208 Price: U.K. £ 99.95

In the context of increasingly multilingual global educational settings, this book provides a timely exploration of the phenomenon of cross-linguistic transfer of writing strategies (in particular, transfer from the foreign language to the first language) and presents a compelling case for a multilingual approach to writing pedagogy. The book presents evidence from a classroom-based intervention study conducted in a secondary school in England on cross-linguistic strategy transfer. It suggests that even beginner or low proficiency foreign language learners can develop effective skills and strategies in the foreign language classroom which can also positively influence writing in other languages, including their first language. This book ultimately encourages more joined-up, cross-curricular, cross-linguistic thinking related to language in schools by exploring the potential for collaboration between languages teachers.

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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