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Aspects of Language Development in an Intensive English Program

ISBN 9781138048362
Published March 17, 2020 by Routledge
302 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

While there is much in the literature on ESL development, this book is the first of its kind to track the development of specific language abilities in an Intensive English Program (IEP) longitudinally and highlights the implications of this particular study’s findings for future IEP implementation and practice and ESL and SLA research. The volume draws on many years’ worth of data from learners at an IEP at the University of Pittsburgh to explore selected aspects of language development, including lexical, grammatical, speaking, and writing abilities, in addition to placement assessment practices and student learning outcomes. A concluding chapter points to the ways in which these findings can be applied to decision making around IEP curriculum development and the future role of IEPs in higher education more broadly. With its focus on students in IEP settings and the concentration on data from students evaluated over multiple semesters, this volume offers a unique opportunity in which to examine longitudinal developmental patterns of different L1 groups on a variety of measures from the same learners and will be key reading for students and researchers in second language acquisition, English for Academic Purposes, language education, and applied linguistics.

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Chapter 1 Intensive English Programs and Second Language Teaching Research

Chapter 2 The Intensive English Program at the University of Pittsburgh: Methods and Curriculum

Chapter 3 Placement Assessment and Developmental Measures in an Intensive English Program

Chapter 4 Lexical Development in an Intensive English Program

Chapter 5 Grammatical Development in an Intensive English Program

Chapter 6 Spoken Language: Pronunciation and the Development of Complexity, Accuracy, and Fluency in an Intensive English Program

Chapter 7 Some Features of the Development of Writing in an Intensive English Program

Chapter 8 Epilogue  


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Alan Juffs is Professor of Linguistics and Director of the English Language Institute at the University of Pittsburgh. He has also taught English in Asia, Europe, and North America. His research focuses on formal linguistic approaches to second language acquisition, the lexicon (Juffs, 1996), and sentence processing (Juffs & Rodríguez, 2014).