July 7, 2012

Call for Book Chapter Proposals - Agency and SLA

From http://linguistlist.org/issues/23/23-2916.html


Submission Deadline: September 15, 2012

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Theorizing and Analyzing Agency and Second Language Learning (Tentative title)

Edited by
Dr. Ping Deters (Seneca College, Ontario, Canada)
Dr. Xuesong “Andy” Gao (University of Hong Kong)
Dr. Elizabeth R. Miller (University of North Carolina at Charlotte)
Dr. Gergana Vitanova (University of Central Florida)

Second language researchers are increasingly treating agency as a fundamental construct in understanding language learning processes and language learner identities. This growing emphasis on learner agency reflects the broader shift in second language research to exploring learners as complex individuals whose language use, meaning making and actions are mediated by their social and cultural worlds. However, leading scholars in the field have commented on the lingering under-theorization of agency and the concomitant lack of clarity in defining agency that characterizes much of the current research. Others have noted the difficulty of establishing sound analytic procedures for investigating agency empirically. In addition, the difficulty of translating theory into practice continues to challenge second language instructors.

The editors are seeking proposals for chapters that address the construct of agency through theoretical and empirical research in second language studies.

Read the full call for chapters at http://linguistlist.org/issues/23/23-2916.html

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