Learn a Second Language Fast: Evidence of Differences for Learning and for Testing in Languages Other Than English

Sandra Figueiredo
Ph.D. in Psychology, Department of Psychology and Sociology, Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal

Series: Languages and Linguistics
BISAC: EDU029080

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Based on previous studies in Second Language Acquisition (SLA), this book provides new information and pioneering research for academicians, educational technicians, language test developers, psychologists and second language researchers. It examines the cases of learning and testing in languages other than English (as a second language, L2), specifically focusing on the Portuguese case. This book also reinterprets the immigrants’ populations and their schooling (and concepts) considering the recent immigration changes. It encourages research in L2 research, focusing on other minorities and European contexts, including the refugees’ argument that is affecting/reinforcing European society. It reflects on the expected cognitive processing difference according to the mother tongues of children and their cognitive map structures. The author selects literature concerning the disproportions among L2 learners and the commonly saturated focus on English as a L2. This book is essentially evidence-based, providing specific data and statistical analyses to understand the size of disproportions showed by the professional perceptions and the risk of underrepresented minorities that could be misled inside host schools in Europe.
(Imprint: Novinka)

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Chapter 1. Variability of Students’ Performance in L2 Tasks: Cognitive and Brain Studies

Chapter 2. Immigrant Children in Second Language or in Second Place: Nationalities and Refugee Status

Chapter 3. “This Is the New America”: How Europe Could Borrow American Measures for the Teaching/Learning of Portuguese as a Foreign Language and as a Second Language
Sandra Figueiredo, Ana Cláudia Henriques and Luís Gonçalves (Department of Psychology and Sociology, Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal, and others)

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Audience: School and University teachers, University students, immigrant populations, educationists in general, politicians in migration and education, migration scholars, test developers, psychologists and the researchers of Education and related fields such as Psychology, Neuropsychology, Didactics, Linguistics...).

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