This book presents research on the learning of foreign languages by children aged 6-12 years old in primary school settings. The collection provides a significant and important contribution to this often overlooked domain and aims to provide research-based evidence that might help to inform and develop pedagogical practice. Topics covered in the chapters include the influence of learner characteristics on word retrieval; explicit second language learning and language awareness; meaning construction; narrative oral development; conversational interaction and how it relates to individual variables; first language use; feedback on written production; intercultural awareness raising and feedback on diagnostic assessment. It will be of interest to undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, teachers and stakeholders who are interested in research on how children learn a second language at primary school.
Maria del Pilar Garcia Mayo is Professor of English Language and Linguistics at the University of the Basque Country, Spain. She is the convener of the research group Language and Speech (http://www.laslab.org) and the academic director of the MA in Language Acquisition in Multilingual Settings. Her research interests include the second/third language acquisition of English morphosyntax, the study of conversational interaction and task-based language learning.
Maria del Pilar Garcia Mayo: Introduction 1. Ting Zhao and Victoria A. Murphy: Factors Affecting the Speed of Word Retrieval in Children Learning English as a Foreign Language 2. Angela Tellier and Karen Roehr-Brackin: Raising Children's Metalinguistic Awareness to Enhance Classroom Second Language Learning 3. Carmen Munoz: The Development of Language Awareness at the Transition from Primary to Secondary School 4. Ana Llinares: Learning How to Mean In Primary School CLIL Classrooms 5. Amparo Lazaro Ibarrola and Maria de los Angeles Hidalgo: Benefits and Limitations of Conversational Interactions among Young Learners of English in a CLIL Context 6. Agurtzane Azkarai and Ainara Imaz Agirre: Gender and Age in Child Interaction in an EFL CLIL Context: An Exploratory Study 7. Elisabet Pladevall-Ballester and Alexandra Vraciu: Exploring Early EFL: L1 Use in Oral Narratives by CLIL and Non-CLIL Primary School Learners 8. Yuko Goto Butler, Yeting Liu and Heejin Kim: Narrative Development in L1 and FL: A Longitudinal Study among Young Chinese Learners of English 9. Anna Bret Blasco: A Two-Year Longitudinal Study of Three EFL Young Learners' Oral Output: The Development of Syntactic Complexity and Accuracy 10. Francisco Javier Garcia Hernandez, Julio Roca de Larios and Yvette Coyle: Reformulation as a Problem-Solving Space For Young EFL Writers: A Longitudinal Study of Learning Strategies 11. Annamaria Pinter and Samaneh Zandian: A Questionnaire Study of Iranian Children's Understanding of Intercultural Issues 12. Marianne Nikolov: Students' and Teachers' Feedback on Diagnostic Tests For Young EFL Learners: Implications for Classrooms Rhonda Oliver: Afterword