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The Affective Dimension in Second Language Acquisition Edited by: Danuta Gabry?-Barker, Joanna Bielska

Hardback - 328 pages
03 May 2013
Multilingual Matters
234 x 156 (R8vo)


This volume presents a series of empirical studies which focus on affectivity in relation to both individual learner differences, and language learning experiences, motivation and attitudes. The volume also elaborates on affectivity in various contexts of FL use and in different educational settings such as CLIL or e-learning.


This insightful and fascinating book conceptualizes and comprehensively explores 'the affective turn' in SLA. Going beyond traditionally explored affective phenomena, this excellent state-of-the-art volume opens up new and important aspects of anxiety, motivation, emotive lexis, expression of emotions and identity. Affectivity is omnipresent in academic, formal and informal contexts and considering its impact on young and adult learners is essential for researchers and teachers.
Larissa Aronin, Oranim Academic College of Education, Israel and Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

Researchers interested in the role of affect in language learning will surely value this collection of essays for its variety of topics, solid literature
reviews and theoretical overviews, as well as the numerous empirical results and statistical data.
Ivan Lombardi, Università Cattolica, Milan, in Linguist List 25.666

Author Biography:

Danuta Gabry?-Barker lectures in applied linguistics and second language acquisition at the University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland. Her main areas of interest are multilingualism and affectivity in SLA. Professor Gabry?-Barker has published numerous articles and two books Aspects of Multilingual Storage, Processing and Retrieval (2005) and Reflectivity in Pre-service Teacher Education (2012). She is the chief editor (together with Eva Vetter) of the International Journal of Multilingualism.; Joanna Bielska is involved in language teacher education programmes at the University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland and lectures on theories of second language acquisition, research methods in applied linguistics and the methodology of foreign language teaching. She has had a long-standing interest in the psychology of the language learner with special focus on the role of individual differences in SLA. Her current work revolves around the theme of self-efficacy in language learning and teaching.

Readership Level:

Postgraduate Research / Professional

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