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"The combined overview of theoretical and practical aspects of strategy use is given an additional strength by the excellent surveys of recent literature, the discussion questions at the end of every chapter, and the enlightening examples and appendices. Andrew Cohen has written a book which will no doubt prove useful to researchers, language teachers and students alike." The Clarion
Applied Linguistics and Language Study Series
General Editor- Christopher N. Candlin,
Professor of Linguistics and Executive Director, National Centre for English Language Teaching and Research at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.
Since it was first established in the 1970s the Applied Linguistics and Language Study series has become a major force in the study of practical problems in human communication and language education. Drawing extensively on empirical research and theoretical work in linguistics, sociology, psychology and education, the series explores key issues in language acquisition and language use.
Strategies in Learning and Using a Second Language explores the topic of learner strategies - the ways in which language learners engage with the process of learning and communicating in a new language.
The introduction to the book sets out the main theoretical issues, distinguishing language learning from language use strategies, and describing the main research methods for their investigation. The author presents innovative research linking the use of task-specific strategies with language performance. The volume then presents empirical research investigating the languages multilinguals select for their verbalized thoughts during language learning and language use. Finally, the author presents empirical research focusing on the strategies learners use in language test-taking contexts.
The volume is intended primarily for language teachers and researchers, as well as for administrators of second language programs. It is also highly suitable for undergraduate and postgraduate students of applied linguistics and will be of interest to foreign language students, stimulating them to reflect on their strategies for learning and using a second language. The chapters present questions and raise areas for further discussion and study, making the book suitable for those new to the field. At the same time, the provision of important new research will appeal to those with more advanced knowledge in the field.
Andrew D. Cohen is Professor in the Department of English as a Second Language and Graduate Program in Linguistics, University of Minnesota. He is also Director of the National Language Resource Center at the University.