Language Learning and Teaching in a Multilingual World

Author: Marie-Françoise Narcy-Combes, Jean-Paul Narcy-Combes, Julie McAllister, Malory Leclère, Grégory Miras

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The majority of people around the world live in multilingual societies, and so it follows that plurilingualism should be considered normal. This book proposes a flexible and adaptive framework for designing and implementing language learning environments and tasks, which will be useful for practitioners working in classrooms where many languages are already spoken. The authors begin by presenting a state-of-the-art review of current research on language learning, language teaching and multilingual language acquisition. This is followed by a qualitative review of 37 multilingual research projects, which are treated as case studies to inform the practical guidance that constitutes the remainder of the book. The information and practical framework contained within this book will be of interest to researchers, teachers and teacher educators.

This book is an essential resource for researchers and students concerned with the design, empirical investigation and evaluation of language learning environments in multilingual contexts. It provides a wide-ranging and admirably compact overview of theoretical issues, summarizes and comments illuminatingly on 37 published case studies, and explores the practicalities of programme design. An indispensable reference tool and handbook.

David Little, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

This book focuses on how recent research findings on language learning have been implemented in classrooms. As French academics with strong connections to the North African, European and Anglophone spheres, the authors offer a fresh and dynamic take on issues associated with multilingualism and language teaching around the world.

Jean-Marc Dewaele, Birkbeck, University of London, UK

[This] book is interesting and clear. It coheres throughout all its chapters, yielding a smooth and pleasant reading and showing the way in which the researchers move from straightforward objectives from the very beginning [...] The 37 case studies are an open proposition for continuing research, inspiring teachers, and language educators to try out and explore with students.

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Marie-Françoise Narcy-Combes is Professor Emeritus at the Université de Nantes, France.

Jean-Paul Narcy-Combes is Professor Emeritus at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris, France.

Julie McAllister is Senior Lecturer at the Université de Nantes, France.

Malory Leclère is Senior Lecturer at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris, France.

Grégory Miras is Senior Lecturer at the Université de Rouen, France.


PART I - Reference Theories: Inter-Relationships and Complementarities

Chapter 1. Neurophysiology, Cognition and Language

Chapter 2. Language and Cognitive Development in a Plurilingual Perspective

Chapter 3. Multilingual Practices

Chapter 4. Psycholinguistics and SLA: Useful Constructs Revisited

Chapter 5. Cultures, Affects and Identities

Chapter 6. The Potential of Information and Communication Technology for Language Learning

Chapter 7. Context

PART II - Multilingual Practices in Action

Chapter 8. Organisation of the Study

Chapter 9. North America

Chapter 10. Africa

Chapter 11. European Large-Scale Projects and Intercomprehension Networks

Chapter 12. European Small-Scale Projects

Chapter 13. Telecollaboration

Chapter 14. Learning Languages in Multilingual Contexts: Where are we Now?

Chapter 15. When Theory and Practice Meet

PART III - Designing Contextualised Language Learning Environments in a Plurilingual Perspective

Chapter 16. Multilingual Language Learning and ICT

Chapter 17. Designing Courses and Tasks in a Multilingual Perspective

Chapter 18. Modelling the Work


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