By B. Spolsky
The amount includes 232 thematically organised articles in keeping with the hugely winning Encyclopedia of Language & Linguistics and the International Encyclopedia of Education (2nd version) revised and, the place useful, up to date and supplemented all through. facing all subject matters on the intersection among schooling and language, the paintings will end up a useful reference for all researchers within the box. by no means has there been extra excessive debate over diverse attitudes and ways to instructing and language. This quantity will offer a state-of-the-art description of the entire subject matters of curiosity to language educators and all these interested in making and imposing coverage in language schooling. basic subject matters comprise: the social context, society, nationwide, institution and curricular coverage, literacy and oracy, language acquisition, bi- and plurilingualism, checking out, TEFL, TESOL, SLA.
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Is it, as is sometimes claimed, possible to distinguish between problem-solving and theoretical disciplines? Is there such a thing as applied linguistic theory? What are the appropriate methods of empirical research in applied linguistics? Is everything that may influence language learning a relevant topic for applied linguistic research? The answers to these questions are best found by considering first the domains of linguistic knowledge needed to provide the conceptual base referred to above.
Are personality traits significant in determining language learning success? Do the age or sex of a learner affect language learning? Does previous language learning experience have a beneficial effect? What are the effects of attitude towards other ethnic groups on learning? Are there differential preferences for different kinds of learning experience? Do some learners tolerate uncertainty in language learning better than others? Research into issues such as these is based primarily on the attempt to establish correlations between scores on instruments which assess individual variables and scores on language achievement tests (see Second Language Learning: Individual Differences; Learning Strategies for further details).
While the flexibility of graduate study permits individual deviation into other applied fields, the rationale behind course design is generally provided by a focus on issues relevant to language education. It is evident that the term 'applied linguistics' is too broad in its potential field of application to be interpreted literally. In its widest sense no coherent field of applied linguistics exists. On the other hand, the term is perhaps misleadingly inexplicit as a des- Introduction to the Field ignation of the actual activities and interests of those who engage in what is commonly referred to as applied linguistic research and teaching.