This volume explores the extent to which the "art" of teaching of Spanish as a second language is informed by Spanish second language acquisition research in particular, and research on SLA and language-related fields, such as psycholinguistics and sociolinguistics, in general. It also investigates the types of challenges faced by initiatives in applied linguistics to transfer findings from research to teaching and the practical problems associated with the implementation of new approaches to teaching.
The contributors address the findings from Spanish SLA (and language-related) research that would be applicable to Spanish second language teaching, the theoretical frameworks that inform the research done and the extent to which the premises of those theories affect the application of the research findings to the teaching of Spanish, logistical factors that affect the way research findings can be applied to teach Spanish, and the extent to which findings from SLA research are explicitly represented in the Spanish curricula through objectives and goals (as evidenced in pedagogical materials such as textbooks and computer-assisted language learning software).
Some common themes shaping the volume include the rejection of the concept of a monolithic language competence, the importance of language as social practice and cultural competence, the psycholinguistic component of second lanuguage acquisition, and the need for more cross fertilization from related fields. Throughout, the authors focus on bold pedagogical initiatives which can be substantiated by previous research but have not yet been incorporated into the majority of Spanish language curricula.
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About the Author
Rafael Salaberry is a professor of Spanish Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Texas in Austin. He is the author of The Development of Spanish Past Tense Morphology in a Classroom Environment and coeditor of Spanish Second Language Acquisition: The State of the Science.
Barbara A. Lafford is a professor of Spanish applied linguistics and second language acquisition at Arizona State University. She is the coeditor (with Michelle Shockey) of Culture and Context: Perspectives on the Acquisition of Cultural Competence in the Foreign Language Classroom and coeditor of Spanish Second Language Acquisition: The State of the Science.
Table of Contents
1. The State of The Art of Teaching Spanish: From Research to PraxisRafael Salaberry and Barbara Lafford
2. A Content-Based Approach to Spanish Language Study: Foreign Languages Across the CurriculumCarol A. Klee and Gwendolyn Barnes-Karol
3. Spanish SLA Research, Classroom Practice and Curriculum DesignJoseph Collentine
4. Theoretical and Research Considerations Underlying Classroom Practice: The Fundamental Role of InputBill VanPatten and Michael Leeser5. Concept-Based Instruction and The Acquisition of L2 SpanishEduardo Negueruela and James P. Lantolf
6. The Effects of Study Abroad and Classroom Contexts on the Acquistion of Spanish as a Second Language: From Research to ApplicationBarbara Lafford and Joseph Collentine
7. Online Language Learning: The Case of Spanish Without WallsRobert Blake and Ann Marie Delforge8. Testing SpanishRafael Salaberry and Andrew D. Cohen
9. Incorporating Linguistic Variation into the ClassroomManuel J. Gutiérezz and Marta Fairclough
10. Making Connections: Second Language Acquisition Research and Heritage Language TeachingGuadalupe Valdés
11. Spanish Second Language Acquisition: Applications to the Teaching of Professional Translation (and Interpretation)Sonia ColinaContributors
What People are Saying About This
An invaluable resource for SLA researchers and practitioners. The volume should be a necessary source of information or the center of discussion in any class on Spanish SLA and pedagogy.
A comprehensive, up-to-date, and authoritative overview of the field of Spanish second language acquisition, including Spanish as a heritage language. This one-stop resource tool on key theoretical and practical questions is sure to become a staple of teacher-training and graduate programs in Spanish linguistics.
"Sparked by an increasing demand for a wider array of Spanish courses, this representative and timely collection of studies offers practical guidance in elucidating research on SLA to enhance teaching." -- Nuria Sagarra, assistant professor of Spanish and linguistics and applied language studies and director, Spanish as a basic language, The Pennsylvania State University
"An invaluable resource for SLA researchers and practitioners. The volume should be a necessary source of information or the center of discussion in any class on Spanish SLA and pedagogy." -- Dale Koike, professor of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Texas at Austin
"A comprehensive, up-to-date, and authoritative overview of the field of Spanish second language acquisition, including Spanish as a heritage language. This one-stop resource tool on key theoretical and practical questions is sure to become a staple of teacher-training and graduate programs in Spanish linguistics." -- Maria M. Carreira, associate professor of Spanish, California State University, Long Beach
Sparked by an increasing demand for a wider array of Spanish courses, this representative and timely collection of studies offers practical guidance in elucidating research on SLA to enhance teaching.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have not yet begun to teach Spanish, but I know this book is going to be extremely useful. I marked ideas all throughout the book and I hardly ever write in books. This book is essentially a review of current research in SLA and SLA for Spanish that included applications for praxis. there were "pros and cons" for the major teaching strategies listed in the book and all of the strategies discussed were based on current research.This was a refreshing read in contrast to all the compulsory reading for my credential classes and I was glad I found a book more relevant to what I intend to teach. Very useful for anyone in Spanish or foreign language teaching generally. I am sure this will become one of my most referred to books for teaching.