Exploring New Paths in Language Pedagogy
This volume brings together current research and practical innovations in the field of foreign language teaching. The contributions are all by well-known experts in the area. More specifically, the volume aims to give some comprehensive and updated coverage of theory, research and practice in two of the most challenging issues in today’s English language teaching scenarios: the development of L2 vocabulary knowledge and the contribution of new corpus-based evidence to language teaching. The first section of the volume presents a comprehensive overview of relevant issues in the field of L2 vocabulary acquisition, where surveys of the state of the art in the area combine with empirical studies which approach the topic from the field of applied linguistics (teaching techniques, material writing), as well as from complementary disciplines such as semantics, phraseology and lexicography. The second section of the book delves into the pedagogical applications of current research in the field of corpus-based studies. The papers collected here explore the potential of new corpus evidence for the development of foreign language learners’ competence. The final section bridges the gap between theory and practice by bringing together an intensely practical collection of papers offering useful advice on how to deal with vocabulary and/or corpora in the foreign language classroom that are derived from teaching and research conducted at the University of Granada (Spain) under the acronym ADELEX (Assessing and Developing Lexis through New Technologies). Though some papers involve reference to other languages such as French and Spanish, this is essentially a study of corpus and lexical theory as applied to contemporary English.
The volume is backed up by an independent, dedicated website maintained by the editors. While web-based activities and vocabulary tests complement the printed material for the entire volume, Section 3 “From theory to practice”, provides systematic support.
Published: Dec 1, 2010
'The breath and depth of this assembled collection will be welcomed by readers with different interests, from post-graduate students in Applied Linguistics to experts in the areas of L2 vocabulary and corpus-based studies. In sum, this volume constitutes a very valuable addition to the applied linguistics literature in general and to the area of lexical studies in particular.'
Revista Española de Lingüística Aplicada, Vol. 24, 2011
'All in all, this publication is invaluable to the non-expert on the fìeld, and it additionally admits very different readings by researchers on the teachìng and learning of languages and by anyone interested in English studies in the current situation of conflicting paradigms. It contains an incredible amount of information on new approaches to corpus linguistics both from a descriptive and an applied perspective.'
Revista Canaria de Estudios Ingleses, Vol. 64, 2012
'This volume is a welcome addition to the field in that it demonstrates a continuing research interest in applications of corpus-based methodologies to our understanding of language (specifically lexis) and, in turn, how we can use these insights to inform language teaching.'
The Modern Language Journal, Vol. 96, Issue 1, 2012
'American researchers in SLA who are more familiar with incidental vocabulary acquisition will find in this volume some informative pieces about a more explicit and interventionist approach to vocabulary learning well known in European English as a second language (ESL) circles—namely, the use of corpus-based methods to promote acquisition of second language (L2) lexis and, in particular, of L2 collocations.'
Studies in Second Language Acquisition, Volume 34, Issue 03 (September 2012)