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

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28 Sep 2012
Second Language Acquisition
Multilingual Matters
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Key features

- This book is the first one devoted to intensive exposure to a second language

- It brings together contexts of acquisition that share this characteristic but have never before been examined together

- The different chapters represent a wide range of learning contexts and types of learning


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 is an impressive collection of studies on intensive exposure experiences in L2 learning. Findings from research in Canadian intensive programs, European schools and study abroad contexts illustrate the benefits of intensive L2 learning and provide compelling insights about interactions with learner factors including age, L1 background, L2 proficiency, academic ability, and language learning history. This is essential reading for L2 program developers, teachers and researchers.

- Nina Spada, University of Toronto, Canada

This collection offers a rich exploration of the interplay among contexts for additional language learning, varying intensities of input and instruction, and mediating individual difference factors. The highly original research insights are gleaned from measured proficiency gains, corpus documentation of the linguistic environments, and qualitative learner perceptions of context affordances. A must-read!

- Lourdes Ortega, Georgetown University, USA

This impressive volume brings together a rich collection of articles that offer penetrating discussions of the complex issues associated with intensive language learning. Its strengths lie in its focus on cross cultural research, contrasting methodologies, comparisons among different types of intensive learning programs, the age, L1 and social background of the learners and considerations of which types of program best promotes which type of gain. Particularly interesting is that time honored questions in SLA, the role of input, time-on task, form focused instruction among others, are considered as they relate to intensive language learning.

- Barbara Freed, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

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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