This book explores connections between the fields of foreign/second language teaching and adult learning. This interdisciplinary approach serves as a framework in order to: (a) understand the teaching methods that promote the deeper, more critical sort of language learning advocated by scholars and professional organizations, (b) understand how adult students learn and transform through language study, and (c) reinforce the immense value of beginning language courses. Johnson studies a classroom of adult language learners for one semester, exploring issues of motivation and perceived value for these short-term learners as well as touching on issues around intercultural communication teaching and learning. The book will be of interest to adult language teachers as well as researchers studying adult education and second language learning.
Stacey Margarita Johnson is currently at Vanderbilt University as the Assistant Director for Educational Technology in the Center for Teaching and Senior Lecturer in Spanish. Previously, she was an Assistant Professor of Spanish at Hope College. She also serves as the Vice Chair of the Culture SIG for ACTFL (American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages). Her research includes L2 teaching methodology, adult learning, and technology in language education.
Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: Adult Learning Theory Chapter 3: Adult Language Education Chapter 4: This Class Chapter 5: How the Class was Taught Chapter 6: What Students Learned Chapter 7: Transformation and Development Chapter 8: Applications References Appendix