This book offers a critical examination of second language (L2) learning outside institutional contexts, with a focus on the way second language learners introduce, close, and manage conversational topics in everyday settings. König adopts a Conversation Analysis for Second Language Acquisition (CA-SLA) approach in analyzing oral data from a longitudinal study of L2 learners of French, au pairs in Swiss families, over several years. With this approach the author presents insights into the ways in which L2 learners introduce and close conversational topics in ongoing conversations and how these strategies evolve over time, setting the stage for future research on this little documented process in second language acquisition. This volume contributes toward a greater understanding of L2 learning “in the wild,” making this key reading for students and researchers in second language acquisition, applied linguistics, and French language learning and teaching.
Chapter 1: Data, methodology and research questions
Chapter 2: Topic analysis in first and second languages
Chapter 3: L2 acquisition and interactional competence
Chapter 4: Topic management in French L1 and L2 interactions
Chapter 5: Topic introduction
Chapter 6: Topic closure
Chapter 7: Nature and development of L2 interactional competence
Chapter 8: Conclusion(s)
As the field of second language acquisition (SLA) embraces a greater theoretical and methodological inclusiveness, this series invites research that draws on theories of linguistics, learning, and language use that are relatively new to the field (including but not limited to Vygotskian sociocultural theory, situated learning, language socialization, usage-based linguistics or construction grammars, and ethnomethodological conversation analysis). Books in the series will also mine new types of data enabled by technological advances in order to build theory. Routledge Advances in Second Language Studies focuses on issues that will be of interest in several academic disciplinary areas including linguistics, languages, and education.