Interculturality, Interaction and Language Learning: Insights from Tandem Partnerships, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Interculturality, Interaction and Language Learning

Insights from Tandem Partnerships, 1st Edition

By Jane Woodin


180 pages | 83 B/W Illus.

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This book opens up new lines of debate in language learning and intercultural communication through an investigation of tandem language learning (a method of language learning based on mutual language exchange between native speakers and learners of each other’s language) in connection with intercultural learning and identity construction. Through an empirical study of face-to-face tandem conversations, Jane Woodin provides compelling evidence for the re-definition of the tandem partnership beyond the traditional native speaker–non-native speaker (NS-NNS) paradigm. By analyzing conversation shapes, learner identification of self and other and interactants’ own focus on culture, this book reveals how interactants themselves address the complexities of language, learning, ownership and meaning. The book also questions the prevalence of models of intercultural competence which describe the competence of the individual, with little recognition of the role of the relationship or interaction. Woodin considers the broader applicability of the tandem framework of autonomy and reciprocity, and suggests new directions for further research on tandem learning.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2 Tandem Learning: Background

3. Second Language Acquisition, Intercultural Competence and Tandem Learning

4. Researching Interculturality and Tandem Learning: Methodological Issues

5, Word Meaning and Conceptual Frameworks: Native Speakerness, Language in Use and Ownership

6. Shapes in the Conversations

7. Ownership of Meaning and Decentring Strategies

8. Identity and Distinction

9. Conclusion

About the Author

Jane Woodin is Director of MA Studies in the School of Languages and Cultures at the University of Sheffield, UK.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Language and Intercultural Communication

Routledge Studies in Language and Intercultural Communication publishes theoretically informed and empirically grounded research monographs and edited volumes that offer state of the art reviews of and debates in this evolving field. Its aim is to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration and methodological innovations, thereby extending the scope of intercultural communication. Titles in this series also seek to maintain a strong practical and professional interest and inform and influence teaching and learning, business and organizational communication, daily communication, and beyond.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General