Mapping Applied Linguistics: A Guide for Students and Practitioners

Front Cover
`Mapping Applied Linguistics is far and away the best introduction to applied linguistics we have to date. But it is more than that. It is a major contribution to the very definition and foundations of the field. It will be viewed as a seminal book.' James Paul Gee, Arizona State University, US

`The authors of Mapping Applied Linguistics have included broad socio-cultural and critical perspectives on the key issues and methodologies in applied linguistics. It is written in language that is accessible to the general reader as well as advanced undergraduate or postgraduate students. It will provide a much-needed comprehensive introduction to the field.' Angel Lin, University of Hong Kong

`This book covers an impressively wide range of topics that are of interest to students of applied linguistics. It offers a detailed discussion of the fundamentals of a number of sub-disciplines with the help of a variety of fascinating examples and case studies, all presented in a lively and accessible style.' Geri Popova, Goldsmiths University of London, UK

Mapping Applied Linguistics: A guide for students and practitioners provides an innovative and wide-ranging introduction to the full scope of applied linguistics. Incorporating both socio-cultural and cognitive perspectives, the book maps the diverse and constantly expanding range of theories, methods and issues faced by students and practitioners alike. Practically oriented and ideally suited to students new to the subject area, each chapter demonstrates how applied linguists can investigate the role of language in an individual's or group's real-world problem, and the potential solutions available.

Including real data and international examples from Latin America, South-East Asia, the US and the UK, the book features further reading and exercises in each chapter, fieldwork suggestions and a full glossary of key terms. An interactive companion website also provides a wealth of additional resources, including ideas for research projects, links to key websites and sample answers to the chapter exercises. A reader forum allows students and practitioners to share experiences and concerns.

Providing a dynamic and thorough overview of the rapidly growing field of applied linguistics, this book will be essential reading for students studying applied linguistics, TESOL, general linguistics and education at the advanced undergraduate or master's degree level. It is also the ideal gateway for practitioners to better understand the wider scope of their work.

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Other editions - View all

About the author (2011)

Christopher J. Hall is a University Teaching Fellow and Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Languages and Linguistics at York St John University in the UK, close to where he was born. He teaches and conducts research in the areas of World Englishes, English as a Lingua Franca and Second Language Acquisition, with particular emphasis on lexical development and use.¿ After obtaining his PhD in Linguistics at the University of Southern California in 1987, he worked for many years at the University of the Americas (UDLA) in Puebla, Mexico, where he coordinated the MA programme in Second Language Teaching, chaired the Department of Languages and conducted research on multilingual vocabulary development. He is the author of Morphology and Mind (Routledge, 1992) and An Introduction to Language and Linguistics. Breaking the Language Spell (Continuum, 2005).

Patrick H. Smith is Associate Professor of Literacy/Biliteracy at The University of Texas at El Paso in the US. He conducts research, writes and teaches about the language and literacy practices of multilingual families, communities and schools, with emphasis on the literacies of Mexico and the US-Mexico borderlands. After obtaining his MA in TESOL at the School for International Training and PhD in Language, Reading & Culture at the University of Arizona, he taught applied linguistics for many years at the University of the Americas (UDLA) in Puebla, Mexico. He is the author of numerous articles and book chapters published in English and Spanish, and is the co-author of Key Decisions in US History: A Participatory Approach (1997). His new book, to be published by Routledge in Spring 2011, is Mapping Applied Linguistics. A Guide for Students and Practitioners, co-authored with Christopher J. Hall and Rachel Wicaksono.

Rachel Wicaksono is a Senior Lecturer and Head of Programme for the MA in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) at York St John University in the UK. She conducts research, writes and lectures in the areas of TESOL, English as a Lingua Franca, classroom language, mixed language group work and the internationalisation of UK universities. She is currently researching, with colleagues at York St John and Suzhou University of Science and Technology, teachers' attitudes to varieties of English.

Rachel has taught, trained teachers, inspected and managed language (and technology) programmes and schools in Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Japan, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Sweden and the UK. She is the author of Mapping Applied Linguistics: A Guide for Students and Practitioners, co-authored with Patrick H. Smith and Christopher J. Hall, published by Routledge in 2011.

Bibliographic information