Language in Focus: Exploring the challenges and opportunities in Linguistics and English Language Teaching (ELT)
Applied Linguistics is a field of academic enquiry that deals with the theoretical and empirical investigation of real issues which focus on language. These issues include aspects of linguistics, first or second language acquisition, literacy, language disorders, foreign language learning and teaching, bilingual education, linguistic discrimination, and language policy, among others.
New approaches, new theoretical concepts and new methods are a prerequisite for dealing with particular educational issues, and, as such, this book focuses on the challenges and opportunities that emerge from this. It brings together selected presentations given at the LIF2014 conference, which took place in Antalya, Turkey. The main focus of this event was to reflect the internationality of the English language by drawing academicians, researchers, teachers and educational authorities from all over the world and providing them with the opportunity to exchange an interdisciplinary dialogue on the theoretical as well as purely practical implications of Applied Linguistics and ELT.
Dr Katarzyna Papaja works at the State University of Applied Sciences in Konin, Poland, having received her PhD degree in Applied Linguistics. She specialises in methods of teaching English as a foreign language and bilingual education, and has published widely on bilingual education methodologies, with a particular focus on content and language integrated learning (CLIL). She was part of the team which conducted groundwork which led to the publication of Profile Report – Bilingual Education (English) in Poland, and is the recipient of several scholarships, allowing her to gain teaching experience in countries such as the UK, the USA, Germany and Switzerland.
Assoc. Prof. Dr Cem Can has been teaching at the ELT Department in the Faculty of Education at Çukurova University, Turkey, since 1989. He holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics, with a focus on adult second language acquisition from a generative linguistic perspective. He has coordinated and participated in many EU educational projects in conjunction with various European universities. He has also compiled the Turkish International Corpus of Learner English, and has been coordinating the VESPA and LONGDALE Turkish subcorpora in Turkey.
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