By Lourdes Ortega, Heidi Byrnes
Researchers and educators usually demand longitudinal study on language studying and instructing. the current quantity explores the relationship among longitudinal examine and complex language capacities, under-researched parts, and proposes an time table for destiny examine. 5 chapters probe theoretical and methodological reflections concerning the longitudinal research of complicated L2 capacities, by means of 8 chapters that file on empirical longitudinal investigations spanning descriptive, quasi-experimental, qualitative, and quantitative longitudinal methodologies. moreover, the co-editors supply an in depth creation to the amount and a coda bankruptcy within which they discover what it is going to take to layout systematic examine courses for the longitudinal research of complicated L2 capacities. the students during this quantity jointly make the argument that moment language acquisition learn would be the richer, theoretically and empirically, if a trajectory towards advancedness is a part of its conceptualization correct from the start and, in opposite, that advancedness is a very attention-grabbing acquisitional point at which to probe modern theories linked to the longitudinal learn of language improvement. Acknowledging that advancedness is more and more very important in our multicultural societies and globalized international, the crucial query explored within the current assortment is: How does studying through the years evolve towards complicated capacities in a moment language?
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Additional info for The Longitudinal Study of Advanced L2 Capacities (Second Language Acquisition Research: Theoretical and Methodological Issues)
I. Ortega, Lourdes. II. Byrnes, Heidi. 0071—dc22 2007034958 ISBN 0-203-87165-0 Master e-book ISBN ISBN 10:0–8058–6173–4 (hbk) ISBN 10:1–4106–1532–4 (ebk) ISBN 13:978–0–8058–6173–0 (hbk) ISBN 13:978–1–4106–1532–9 (ebk) Page v Contents List of illustrations vii List of contributors xv Introduction 1 1 The longitudinal study of advanced L2 capacities: An introduction LOURDES ORTEGA AND HEIDI BYRNES 3 PART I Theoretical and methodological explorations 21 2 Developing qualitative longitudinal case studies of advanced language learners LINDA HARKLAU 23 3 Systemic Functional Linguistic explorations into the longitudinal study of advanced capacities: The case of Spanish heritage language learners MARIANA ACHUGAR AND M.
Nevertheless, the lack of an explicit or sustained focus on longitudinal questions has meant that, after some 40 years of disciplinary history, we know little about the longitudinal pace and pattern of development in second language and literacy, much less when development is understood to span the lifetime of multilingual and multicultural people who set out to function in several languages, including an L2. The bulk of research practices and disciplinary discussions within the field of applied linguistics, too, favors a cross-sectional view of language learning and, as a consequence, discussions about longitudinal research Page 4 are scarce.
Sometimes this definition of advancedness is framed by reference to competent or effective functioning in specific workplace or academic contexts. For example, the levels 3+, 4, and 5 of the Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) scale developed by the FSI are based on the assumption that, at these levels, second language users are capable of functioning effectively in Foreign Service jobs. Likewise, the cut-off point of 600 on the TOEFL, often established as a prerequisite for enrollment in higher education in the United States, is based on the premise that learners at this level or higher are well equipped to meet the demands of advanced academic study.
The Longitudinal Study of Advanced L2 Capacities (Second Language Acquisition Research: Theoretical and Methodological Issues) by Lourdes Ortega, Heidi Byrnes