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Intensive Exposure Experiences in Second Language Learning Edited by: Carmen Muñoz

Paperback - 280 pages
28 Sep 2012
Multilingual Matters
234 x 156


This volume brings together studies dealing with second language learning in contexts that provide intensive exposure to the target language. In doing so, it highlights the role of intensive exposure as a critical distinctive characteristic in the comparison of learning processes and outcomes from different learning contexts: naturalistic and foreign language instruction, stay abroad and at home, and extensive and intensive instruction programmes. The different chapters represent a wide range of learning contexts and types of learning, as well as different approaches that yield much needed evidence on the role of context of acquisition in second language learning.


This book is intended for a broad audience, including teachers, language teacher educators, language education policymakers, applied linguists, L2 researchers, academics and postgraduate students (of L2 studies, psycholinguistics and bilingualism)... Despite the number of different contributors, the book is clearly well-edited, accessible, and consistent in its presentation. The authors appear to have achieved their goals with the book.

- the LINGUIST List, 24.584, 31st January 2013
- Jon Clenton, Osaka University, Japan

The book, which presents an interesting collection of texts, some from very renowned researchers in the field, will without any doubt serve as a useful resource for readers interested in issues related to intensive exposure to the target language and also more broadly to learning contexts. It could also serve as a textbook for a graduate seminar on the role of intensive exposure in second/foreign language acquisition as it provides readers with a solid general portrait of the effect of intensive exposure to the target language as a function of various factors in language development.

- International Journal of Applied Linguistics, Vol. 23, No. 3, 2013
- Daphnée Simard, University of Quebec at Montreal, Canada

Author Biography:

Carmen Muñoz received her MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Reading, UK and her PhD in English Linguistics from the University of Barcelona, Spain, where she is now a Professor of English Linguistics and Applied Linguistics. Her research interests include second and foreign language acquisition, as well as bilingual acquisition. Her recent publications have focused on the role of age and context in foreign language learning, young learners, and individual differences. She was the coordinator of the Barcelona Age Factor (BAF) Project.

Readership Level:

Postgraduate, Research / Professional

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