Capitalizing on Language Learners' Individuality: From Premise to Practice

Capitalizing on Language Learners' Individuality: From Premise to Practice

by Gregersen, Peter D. Macintyre
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1783091193

ISBN-13: 9781783091195

Pub. Date: 12/15/2013

Publisher: Channel View Publications

This book closes the gap between theory and classroom application by capitalizing on learners’ individuality in second or foreign language learning. The book examines the existing literature and theoretical underpinnings of each of the most prominent learner characteristics including anxiety, beliefs, cognitive abilities, motivation, strategies, styles and

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This book closes the gap between theory and classroom application by capitalizing on learners’ individuality in second or foreign language learning. The book examines the existing literature and theoretical underpinnings of each of the most prominent learner characteristics including anxiety, beliefs, cognitive abilities, motivation, strategies, styles and willingness to communicate. This strong foundation, coupled with the wide variety of activities that are suggested at the end of each chapter, arms the reader with ideas to conquer the problems created by negative affect and to capitalize on positive, facilitative emotions. The tasks are unrestricted by language and can be modified for use with technology, emergent learners and large classes, making this book a useful resource for both in-service teachers and pre-service teachers in university language teacher education programs.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781783091195
Publisher:
Channel View Publications
Publication date:
12/15/2013
Series:
Second Language Acquisition Series , #72
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Introduction xiii

1 Anxiety 1

From Premise…

Exploring Foreign Language Anxiety, Its Origins and Its Significance 3

Capitalizing on Anxiety: An Action Plan 10

…To Practice

Anxiety Activities 13

2 Beliefs 32

From Premise…

Exploring Beliefs, Their Origins and Their Significance 33

Capitalizing on Beliefs: An Action Plan 35

…To Practice

Beliefs Activities 43

3 Cognitive Abilities: Aptitude, Working Memory and Multiple Intelligences 64

From Premise…

Exploring Cognitive Abilities, Their Origins and Their Significance 65

Exploring Aptitude 66

Capitalizing on Aptitude: An Action Plan 69

Exploring Working Memory (WM) 71

Capitalizing on WM: An Action Plan 72

Exploring Multiple Intelligences (MIs) 74

Capitalizing on MIs: An Action Plan 76

…To Practice

Cognitive Abilities Activities 79

4 Motivation 107

From Premise…

Exploring Motivation, Its Origins and Its Significance 108

Capitalizing on Motivation: An Action Plan 114

…To Practice

Motivation Activities 118

5 Language Learning Strategies 146

From Premise…

Exploring Language Learning Strategies, Their Origins and Their Significance 147

Capitalizing on Language Learning Strategies: An Action Plan 152

…To Practice

Strategy Activities 155

6 Language Learning Styles 174

From Premise…

Exploring Language Learning Styles, Their Origins and Their Significance 175

Categorizing Language Learning Styles 176

Capitalizing on Language Learning Styles: An Action Plan 179

…To Practice

Language Learning Styles Activities 183

7 Willingness to Communicate 211

From Premise…

Exploring WTC, Its Origin and Its Significance 212

Capitalizing on WTC: An Action Plan 216

…To Practice

WTC Activities 223

Epilogue 240

References 245

Index 256

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