Student Engagement in the Language Classroom

Sarah Mercer editor Ali H Al-Hoorie editor Phil Hiver editor


Publisher:Multilingual Matters

Published:2nd Dec '20

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Definitive collection on the topic of engagement within the field of language learning

Through a mix of conceptual and empirical chapters, this book defines engagement for the field of language learning. It serves as an authoritative guide for anyone wishing to understand the unique insights engagement can give into language learning and teaching, or anyone conducting their own research on engagement within and beyond the classroom.

This book defines engagement for the field of language learning and contextualizes it within existing work on the psychology of language learning and teaching. Chapters address broad substantive questions concerned with what engagement is or looks like, and how it can be theorized for the language classroom; methodological questions related to the design, measurement and analysis of engagement in language classrooms and beyond; as well as applied issues examining its antecedents, factors inhibiting and enhancing it, and conditions fostering the re-engagement of language learners who have become disengaged. Through a mix of conceptual and empirical chapters, the book explores similarities and differences between motivation and engagement and addresses questions of whether, how and why learners actually do exert effort, allocate attention, participate and become involved in tangible language learning and use. It will serve as an authoritative benchmark for future theoretical and empirical research into engagement within the classroom and beyond, and will be of interest to anyone wishing to understand the unique insights and contributions the topic of engagement can make to language learning and teaching.

In the best of times, when schools are functioning optimally, student engagement is central to quality education. At times of upheaval, when new modes of learning and teaching are being improvised and trialled, it is imperative that we understand how to generate, sustain and measure student engagement. This book could not be more timely and will have enduring value.

* Martin Lamb, University of Leeds, UK *
For anyone who has ever taught unengaged second language (L2) learners, this volume explores the cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and social aspects of engagement. The authors always have an eye to the classroom, never forgetting a teacher's goal of increasing L2 learner engagement. Whether you’re new to the topic or an established researcher, this volume provides something for you. * Shawn Loewen, Michigan State University, USA *
This volume provides a clear rationale for why understanding student engagement in the language classroom is important. It unpacks the complexities of what is meant by student engagement, and brings together a rich array of conceptual, empirical and pedagogical perspectives that researchers and teachers will find thought-provoking and illuminating. * Ema Ushioda, University of Warwick, UK *

This edited volume renders itself an important and timely contribution as it fruitfully demystifies engagement, the complex construct or meta-construct through comprehensively delving into the conceptualizations and operationalizations of engagement and exemplifying empirical research in the field of second language acquisition.

-- Jian-E Peng and Yuanlan Jiang, Shantou University, China * Applied Linguistics 2021: 1�

ISBN: 9781788923606

Dimensions: 234mm x 156mm x 20mm

Weight: 628g

320 pages