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Title: Recent research (2000–2006) into applied linguistics and language teaching with specific reference to L2 French
Author: Michael Evans
Institution: University of Cambridge
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics
Subject Language: French
Abstract: The large and wide-ranging body of research in French as a second language has contributed significantly to the development of several branches of the broad discipline of applied linguistics. However, there have to date been few attempts to provide a comprehensive account of this literature as a distinct, language-specific body of knowledge. The present overview summarises a large number of studies published since the year 2000 under the twin broad categories of research in L2 French acquisition and research in L2 French teaching and learning. The overview of the studies, representing different epistemological approaches and targeting different research objectives, provides an up-to-date account of the main concerns of L2 French researchers working in different countries. The article also draws out salient themes that link this work (such as insights gained from analysis of the impact of different L1 backgrounds on L2 French acquisition) and highlights differences in L2 French research trends (such as different emphases and perspectives adopted in anglophone and francophone studies).

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This article appears IN Language Teaching Vol. 40, Issue 3, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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