This book explores the place of consciousness in second language learning. It offers extensive background information on theories of consciousness and provides a detailed consideration of both the nature of consciousness and the cognitive context in which it appears. It presents the established Modular Online Growth and Use of Language (MOGUL) framework and explains the place of consciousness within this framework to enable a cognitively conceptualised understanding of consciousness in second language learning. It then applies this framework to fundamental concerns of second language acquisition, those of perception and memory, looking at how second language representations come to exist in the mind and what happens to these representations once they have been established (memory consolidation and restructuring).
John Truscott is a Professor in the Center for Teacher Education, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan. His research interests include second language acquisition, cognitive science, linguistic theory and syntax and he has published extensively on these topics.
1. Introduction: Setting the Problem Part I. Consciousness in Mind: Building a Framework 2. The Mind: Representation and Processing 3. Theories of Consciousness 4. MOGUL: A Framework for Understanding Consciousness and Learning 5. Consciousness in the MOGUL Framework Part II. Consciousness in Second Language Learning: Applying the Framework 6. Consciousness in Second Language Learning: A Selective Review 7. Perception: Processing Input 8. Memory Consolidation and Restructuring 9. Conclusion: Consciousness in Second Language Learning References