New Developments in Foreign Language Learning


Adrienne Murphy (Editor)

Series: Languages and Linguistics
BISAC: FOR000000

It has been estimated that some 60% of today’s world population is multilingual. Living in a multilingual world makes language learning essential and the foreign language teaching profession even more valued to guarantee communication in a wide spectrum of languages, thus promoting mobility around the world and ensuring the continuity of the translation industry. This book provides current research and examines new developments in foreign language learning. The first chapter presents illustrations of the latest trends and practices in language learning, demonstrating that technology-enhanced language learning enables innovative foreign language delivery and empowers learners to acquire the chosen language in a more independent yet effective way.

Chapter two describes the results of an experiment in building an online platform for learning foreign languages that allows people to teach their native language without being professional instructors. Chapter three studies secondary EFL learners’ extracurricular L2 contact and their self-beliefs concerning oral narrative competencies. Chapter four examines how a learner who learns Japanese as a foreign language (FL) at an Australian university develops a positive FL self-concept to overcome her anxiety about speaking the FL during the transition period from secondary school to university and then to a Japanese study abroad.

Chapter five argues that the ‘under-resourcefulness’ of an ELT context is misguided, as it is derived from the conception of what is believed to be ‘standard’ and not on the concept of adequacy and sufficiency; and hopes to demonstrate that the ‘under-resourced’ conception of contexts is the result of the inapplicability of Centre-driven methodologies in contexts that are only different and not actually under-resourced per se. Chapter six studies the implementation of the CLIL approach in a foreign language project. The final chapter systematically and critically reviews a variety of factors which influence lexical inferencing strategy use and incidental vocabulary acquisition among foreign language (FL) learners. It concludes with some directions for researchers to consider in the future research.
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1
Living in a Multilingual World: Latest Trends in Language Learning via a Wide Array of Educational Technology Tools
(Ana Niño, The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK)

Chapter 2
Peer-to-peer Foreign Language E-learning Stimulated by Gamification and Virality
(Ilya V. Osipov, Alex A. Volinsky, Anna Y. Prasikova, i2istudy, Inc., San Francisco, CA, USA, and others)

Chapter 3
Secondary EFL Learners’ Extracurricular L2 Contact and their Self-Beliefs Concerning Oral Narrative Competencies: Analyzing Relations among Constructs – Clarifying the Role of Language Proficiency and Gender
(Günter Faber, Institute of Educational Psychology, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany)

Chapter 4
A Learner’s Foreign Language Self-Concept and Anxiety about Speaking the Language
(Reiko Yoshida, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia)

Chapter 5
Do ‘Resourceful’ Methodologies Really Work in ‘Under-Resourced’ Contexts?
(Eric Enongene Ekembe, Higher Teacher Training College (ENS) Yaounde, Cameroon)

Chapter 6
‘From Michelangelo to Picasso’: Implementing the CLIL Approach in a Foreign Language Project
(Evangelia Anagnostou, Eleni Griva, and Kostas Kasvikis, University of Western Macedonia- Greece)

Chapter 7
New Developments in Lexical Inferencing and Incidental Vocabulary Acquisition in Foreign Language Learning
(Feifei Han, E-Learning, the University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia)

Chapter 8
New Literacies: Current Perspectives on Teaching English as a Foreign Language
(Andréa Machado de Almeida Mattos, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil)


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