Language Learner Strategies combines principles with research and classroom practice, providing a new view of language learning to inform policy and teaching methodology. Divided into three parts, the book draws links between language learning theory in the established research literature, the authors' own empirical studies and the implications for curriculum policy and teacher education.
The book addresses issues that to date have not been fully explored including the strategies of the 12-15 year old age range learning Modern Languages such as French, German, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. A special focus is given to the sociocultural aspects of learner strategies and their link with psychological contexts in which they are used. The authors explore the cognitive turn in language learner strategy research and the practical teaching approaches it helps to develop. It sets a future agenda for learner strategy research and classroom practice.
Michael James Grenfell has held Chairs at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland and the University of Southampton where he is now based. He is also Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra, Australia. He has an extensive background of research on Language and Linguistics, and the work of Pierre Bourdieu. He is the author/ editor of several books including: Modern Languages Across the Curriculum (2002), Bourdieu, Language and Linguistics (2011); Language, Ethnography and Education (2012); and Bourdieu: Key Concepts (2012). Vee Harris is a Research Fellow at Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK, having previously led the PGCE Modern Languages course while Senior Lecturer there. Her many publications involve classroom-based studies and she has a special expertise in language learning strategy instruction.
Introduction Part I: Principles and Practice 1. The Case for Language Learner Strategies 2. What Research Tells Us Part II: Strategies in Practice Section A: Progress in Modern Languages: What Difference does Strategy Based Instruction make? 3. The Role of Socio-Cultural Factors and Strategy Based Instruction 4. The Role of Affective Factors and Strategy Based Instruction Section B: Beyond the Monolingual Learner of European Languages 5. Learning a Third Language: What Learner Strategies do Bilingual Students bring? 6. Strategies used to Memorise Mandarin Chinese Characters Part III: Applications in Practice 7. Strategy Based Instruction 8. Shaping Learning: Curricula and Syllabuses 9. Language Learner Strategies and Teacher Education Conclusion Bibliography Index