1st Edition

The Longitudinal Study of Advanced L2 Capacities

By Lourdes Ortega, Heidi Byrnes Copyright 2008
    328 Pages
    by Routledge

    328 Pages
    by Routledge

    Researchers and educators routinely call for longitudinal research on language learning and teaching. The present volume explores the connection between longitudinal study and advanced language capacities, two under-researched areas, and proposes an agenda for future research. Five chapters probe theoretical and methodological reflections about the longitudinal study of advanced L2 capacities, followed by eight chapters that report on empirical longitudinal investigations spanning descriptive, quasi-experimental, qualitative, and quantitative longitudinal methodologies. In addition, the co-editors offer a detailed introduction to the volume and a coda chapter in which they explore what it would take to design systematic research programs for the longitudinal investigation of advanced L2 capacities. The scholars in this volume collectively make the argument that second language acquisition research will be the richer, theoretically and empirically, if a trajectory toward advancedness is part of its conceptualization right from the beginning and, in reverse, that advancedness is a particularly interesting acquisitional level at which to probe contemporary theories associated with the longitudinal study of language development. Acknowledging that advancedness is increasingly important in our multicultural societies and globalized world, the central question explored in the present collection is: How does learning over time evolve toward advanced capacities in a second language?


    Chapter 1. The longitudinal study of advanced L2 capacities: An introduction

    Lourdes Ortega & Heidi Byrnes

    Part I- Theoretical and methodological explorations

    Chapter 2. Developing qualitative longitudinal case studies of advanced language learners

    Linda Harklau

    Chapter 3. Systemic Functional Linguistic explorations into the longitudinal study of the advanced capacities: The case of Spanish heritage language learners

    Mariana Achugar & M. Cecilia Colombi

    Chapter 4. Investigating learner language development with electronic longitudinal corpora: Theoretical and methodological issues

    Florence Myles

    Chapter 5. Planning, collecting, exploring, and archiving longitudinal L2 data: Experiences from the P-MoLL Project

    Romuald Skiba, Norbert Dittmar, & Jana Bressem

    Chapter 6. Issues in the quantitative longitudinal measurement of second language progress in the study abroad context

    Jonathan Rees & John Klapper

    Part II- Empirical investigations

    Chapter 7. Advancedness and the development of relativization in L2 German: A curriculum-based study

    Heidi Byrnes & Castle Sinicrope

    Chapter 8. Advanced learners’ development of systematic vocabulary knowledge: Learning German vocabulary with inseparable prefixes

    Katherine A. Sprang

    Chapter 9. Teaching grammatical meaning to advanced learners: A cognitive-semantic perspective

    Olga Liamkina

    Chapter 10. L1-L2 Translation vs. No Translation: A longitudinal study of Focus-on-FormS within a meaning-focused curriculum

    Marie Källkvist

    Chapter 11. Longitudinal gain of higher-order inferential abilities in L2 English: Accuracy, speed, and conventionality

    Naoko Taguchi

    Chapter 12. Histories of engagement and sociolinguistic awareness in study abroad: Colloquial French

    Celeste Kinginger & Géraldine Blattner

    Chapter 13. Acquiring oral language skills over the course of a high school year abroad: What’s in it for absolute beginners?

    Allison J. Spenader

    Chapter 14. An ethnographic longitudinal approach to the development of assessment for advanced competencies of medical interpreters

    Claudia V. Angelelli


    Chapter 15. Theorizing advancedness, setting up the longitudinal research agenda

    Lourdes Ortega & Heidi Byrnes


    Lourdes Ortega is Associate Professor of Second Language Studies at the University of Hawai‘i. Her research interests include second language acquisition, second language writing, and research methods. Recent publications are Synthesizing Research on Language Learning and Teaching (co-edited with John Norris, Benjamins) and Understanding Second Language Acquisition (Arnold).

    Heidi Byrnes is George M. Roth Distinguished Professor of German at Georgetown University. Her research focus is the acquisition of L2 academic literacy by adult instructed learners. Recent publications include Educating for Advanced Foreign Language Capacities: Constructs, Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment (co-edited with Heather Weger-Guntharp and Katherine A. Sprang, Georgetown University Press); and Advanced Language Learning: The Contribution of Halliday and Vygotsky (Continuum).