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Metalinguistic Awareness and Second Language Acquisition

1st Edition

By Karen Roehr-Brackin


156 pages

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Metalinguistic Awareness and Second Language Acquisition is the first book to present an in-depth overview of metalinguistic awareness as it relates to SLA. In this volume, Roehr-Brackin discusses metalinguistic awareness in the context of both child and adult language learning, and outlines the various methods that can be used to measure metalinguistic awareness. The author presents different approaches to metalinguistic awareness, including a cognitive-developmental perspective that explains how the concept relates to literacy, and an applied linguistics perspective that understands metalinguistic awareness as explicit or conscious knowledge about language. Roehr-Brackin explores the role of metalinguistic awareness in language education aimed at young learners, as well as in instructed adult SLA. This book is an excellent resource for those researching or taking courses in second language acquisition, bi- and multilingualism, and language teaching.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: A cognitive-developmental perspective on metalinguistic awareness

Chapter 3: Metalinguistic awareness in language education

Chapter 4: Metalinguistic awareness as explicit knowledge and learning: Theoretical premises

Chapter 5: Metalinguistic awareness as explicit knowledge and learning: Empirical evidence

Chapter 6: Measuring metalinguistic awareness

Chapter 7: Concluding remarks


About the Author

Karen Roehr-Brackin is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Language and Linguistics at the University of Essex, UK. She works in the area of second language acquisition. Her research interests include explicit and implicit knowledge and learning, as well as the role of individual learner differences such as language learning aptitude, working memory and cognitive/learning style in adult and child second language learning.

About the Series

Cognitive Science and Second Language Acquisition Series

The Cognitive Science and Second Language Acquisition Series is designed to provide systematic and accessible coverage of the links between basic concepts and findings in cognitive science and second language acquisition (SLA). Titles in the series summarize issues and research in areas of cognitive science which have relevance to SLA, and when read in combination, provide a comprehensive overview of the conceptual and methodological intersects between these two fields. Books in the series are organized under the subfields of cognitive science (representational, functional, developmental, and differential cognitive psychology), and will cover such topics as speech production, fluency, gestures, lexical processing, sentence processing, connectionism, social cognition, working memory, and more.

Research findings and theoretical constructs from cognitive science have become increasingly influential in SLA research in recent years. The Cognitive Science and Second Language Acquisition Series is a valuable reference for scholars who want to increase their knowledge of theoretical and operational definitions in cognitive science, and their applications to SLA. Its titles are ideal for graduate students and researchers in SLA, applied linguistics, cognitive psychology, educational psychology, and language education, and can also serve as textbooks for advanced courses in these fields.

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Subject Categories

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