LINGUIST List 12.2939

Mon Nov 26 2001

Books: Applied Linguistics/SLA

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  1. Kathryn King, Applied Linguistics/SLA: Learners' Experience of Immersion Education

Message 1: Applied Linguistics/SLA: Learners' Experience of Immersion Education

Date: Fri, 23 Nov 2001 13:13:39 +0000
From: Kathryn King <>
Subject: Applied Linguistics/SLA: Learners' Experience of Immersion Education

Case Studies of French and Chinese

Mich�le de Courcy
(La Trobe University)
"This book has much to excite the SLA researcher and the second
language teacher...The interlingual comparison makes the study of
second language reading and writing acquisition especially
meaningful. The students themselves take on a central role as
individuals rather than just as statistics or categories."
Professor Michael Clyne, University of Melbourne, Australia.

"This book has the merit of redressing the balance of quantitative
research carried out on immersion programmes in favour of a definitely
qualitative approach. It is revealing of such classroom practices as
codeswitching and translation, which have been frowned upon, in official
pronouncements on language use in these types of programmes. The author
has made use of a wide range of data sources which she has combined well
to provide convincing evidence for the classroom phenomena under study."
Dr. Anne-Marie de Mej�a, Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia.

This book, which follows the progress of two groups of learners in
late immersion programs aims to add to the literature on immersion
programs by its emphasis on the processes of learning in such
programs. Another aim of the book is to extend our knowledge of
learning processes in character- based languages.

1. Language Learning in Immersion Programs; 2. How and where the
research was done; 3. Learners' Responses to the Learning Context; 4.
Language Learning Experiences; 5. Reading and Writing; 6. Language
Learning Process and Strategies; 7. Discussion and Conclusion

Mich�le de Courcy is a senior lecturer in language education at La
Trobe University, in Australia. Her research, teaching and
publications centre on bilingualism with an emphasis on second
language acquisition processes and content-based language instruction.
Recent research projects have involved evaluations of French and
Indonesian early immersion programs in Victoria.

January 2002 Bilingual Education and Bilingualism 32
Format:210 x 148mm ix+ 162pp
Hbk ISBN 1-85359-561-6 �49.95/ US$74.95/ CAN$99.95 
Pbk ISBN 1-85359-560-8 �19.95/ US$29.95/ CAN$39.95
Kathryn King
Multilingual Matters Ltd
Frankfurt Lodge, Clevedon Hall
Victoria Road, Clevedon, North Somerset BS21 7HH, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 1275-876519; Fax: +44 (0) 1275-871673
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