Awareness in Action
The papers included in the volume look at how language awareness affects the outcomes of foreign and second language acquisition in advanced learners. The book focuses on questions such as how much linguistic knowledge is open to the learner’s conscious experience, what should and should not be considered the knowledge of language, how language awareness can be enhanced in the classroom, and, most crucially, what effects language awareness has on attained proficiency. Some papers in the volume also address methodological challenges of researching language awareness, such as the difficulty of defining and measuring awareness with sufficient precision.
Studies featured in the volume analyze awareness in advanced learnersMost subjects are university students - proficient users of English and learners of other languages, but above all adults capable of mastering technical details about the structure of the language systemContributions to the volume present results from studies conducted in various countries, including Australia, Hong Kong, Poland and PortugalThe volume features internationally recognized authorsPrevious ICFSLA proceedings volumes published through Multilingual Matters were favorably receivedThe main theme, language awareness is a key issue in EU language policy, and as such it may attract a wide readership amongst academics and researchers applying for grants