This book introduces an approach to understanding and measuring working memory components and functions in second language learning, processing and development. It presents comprehensive, thorough and updated reviews of relevant literatures from cognitive sciences and applied linguistics. Drawing on multidisciplinary research, the book advocates a conceptual framework for integrating working memory theories with second language acquisition theories. An innovative theoretical model is also presented, which illuminates research studies investigating the distinctive roles of phonological and executive working memory as they relate to specific L2 learning domains, skills and processes. Theoretical and methodological implications of this integrative perspective are further elaborated and discussed within the specific realms of L2 task-based performance and language aptitude research.
Zhisheng (Edward) Wen is Associate Professor at the School of Languages and Translation at Macao Polytechnic Institute (MPI). He has taught undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in applied linguistics and psycholinguistics at tertiary level for over 15 years. His research interests include second language acquisition and TESOL, psycholinguistics and cognitive science, as well as genre analysis and translation studies. He is a co-editor of Working Memory in Second Language Acquisition and Processing (2015, Multilingual Matters).
Foreword (By Peter Skehan) Preface and Acknowledgements List of Abbreviations Chapter 1. Introduction and Overview Part 1: Theoretical and Methodological Foundations Chapter 2. Working Memory Theories and Models Chapter 3. Working Memory Measures and Issues Part 2: Research Syntheses of Working Memory in L1 and L2 Learning Chapter 4. Working Memory in First Language Research Chapter 5. Working Memory in Second Language Research Part 3: Toward an Integrative Perspective on Working Memory and SLA Chapter 6. An Integrative Framework for Working Memory and SLA Research Chapter 7. Working Memory in L2 Acquisition and Processing: The P/E Model Chapter 8. Working Memory and Tasks in L2 Speech Performance Chapter 9. Working Memory and Language Aptitude in L2 Development Chapter 10. Conclusions and Implications for Future Research References Index