The Dynamic Interplay between Context and the Language Learner

Editors: King, Jim (Ed.)

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This edited volume offers a series of state-of-the-art conceptual papers and empirical research studies which consider how contextual factors at multiple levels dynamically interact with individuals to influence how they go about the complex business of learning and using a second language.

About the authors

Jim Askham, University of Leicester, UK Vera Busse, Carl von Ossietzky University, Germany Letty Chan, Hong Kong Shue Yan University Joseph Falout, Nihon University, Japan Glenn Fulcher, University of Leicester, UK Alex Gilmore, University of Tokyo, Japan Michael Handford, University of Tokyo, Japan Maiko Ikeda, Kansai University, Japan Jim King, University of Leicester, UK Diane Larsen-Freeman, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA Sarah Mercer, University of Graz, Austria Satomi Nakahira, Kansai University, Japan Jian-E Peng, Shantou University, China Agneta Svalberg, University of Leicester, UK Florentina Taylor, University of Greenwich, London Tomoko Yashima, Kansai University, Japan

Reviews

'This pioneering collection of papers develops a range of descriptive and analytical approaches for understanding how language education is generated by the ecological interplay of contexts and language learners. The use of Complexity Theory as a frame makes this an inspiring and forward-looking contribution. The volume also connects to more established theoretical frames, thereby illustrating how the new science of complexity may expand the possibilities for research into the relationship between contexts and language learners. This makes the volume essential reading for students, professionals and researchers needing access to the 'cutting-edge' of scholarship in this area.'

? Dr Juup Stelma, Programme Director MA TESOL, University of Manchester, UK


Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction to the Dynamic Interplay between Context and the Language Learner

    King, Jim

    Pages 1-10

  • The Contexts within Me: L2 Self as a Complex Dynamic System

    Mercer, Sarah

    Pages 11-28

  • The Dynamic Interplay of the Ideal Self, Mental Imagery and Context: A Language Learner’s Journey of Success

    Chan, Letty

    Pages 29-46

  • Past Selves: Emerging Motivational Guides across Temporal Contexts

    Falout, Joseph

    Pages 47-65

  • When the Learner Becomes the Context: Strategic Identity Display in Learning English as a Foreign Language in Europe

    Taylor, Florentina (et al.)

    Pages 66-83

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Dynamic Interplay between Context and the Language Learner
Editors
  • Jim King
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-45713-4
DOI
10.1057/9781137457134
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-45712-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 251
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