Visualising Multilingual Lives More Than Words Edited by: Paula Kalaja, Silvia Melo-Pfeifer

Format:
Paperback - 320 pages
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ISBN:
9781788922593
Published:
31 Mar 2019
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Dimensions:
234 x 156
Availability:
Forthcoming

Summary

This book brings together empirical studies from around the world to help readers gain a better understanding of multilinguals, ranging from small children to elderly people, and their lives. The chapters focus on the multilingual subjects’ identities and the ways in which they are discursively and/or visually constructed, and are split into sections looking specifically at the multilingual self, the multilingual learner and multilingual teacher education. The studies draw on rich visual data, which is analysed for content and/or form and often complemented with other types of data, to investigate how multilinguals make sense of their use and knowledge of more than one language in their specific context. The topic of multilingualism is addressed as subjectively experienced and the book unites the current multilingual, biographical, narrative and visual turns in Applied Language Studies. It will be of interest to students and researchers working in the areas of language learning and teaching, teacher education and bi/multilingualism, as well as to those interested in using visual methods and narratives as a means of academic research.

Author Biography:

Paula Kalaja is Professor Emerita in the Department of Language and Communication Studies at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Her research interests lie in visual methodologies and foreign language learning and teaching, with a particular interest in beliefs, motivation and identities. She has published widely in the field and is co-author (with Ana Maria F. Barcelos and Mari Aro) of Beliefs, Agency and Identity in Foreign Language Learning and Teaching (Palgrave, 2015).

Sílvia Melo-Pfeifer is Professor in the Department of Education at the University of Hamburg, Germany. She is also a member of CIDTFF (Research Centre ‘Didactics and Technology in Education of Trainers’) at the University of Aveiro, Portugal. Her research interests include plurilingual and intercultural (online) interaction, pluralistic approaches to languages and cultures, and heritage language education.

Readership Level:

Postgraduate, Research / Professional, Undergraduate




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