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Title: Social Context
Contributor(s): Siegel, Jeff  (author)
Publication Date: 2005
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Abstract: This chapter examines the influence of the social context on SLA from four different angles. Section 2 describes the various sociolinguistic settings in which SLA occurs. Here we will see if the type of setting is relevant to the generalizations about SLA that have been made over the years. Section 3 looks at various ways of analysing social context and at SLA studies that take social contextual factors into account. Here we will look at particular sociostructural and interactional factors that are relevant to SLA. Section 4 outlines various types of educational programs. Here we will see how SLA attainment depends on the interaction of the type of program, the sociolinguistic setting, and various sociostructural factors. Section 5 considers the importance of the perceived sociolinguistic relationship between the L1 and L2 and covers the now neglected area of second dialect acquisition (SDA). Here we will explore whether there are significant differences between SDA and SLA. Thus, this chapter focuses on the broader social factors which may affect groups of learners, rather than on the more immediate situational factors which may affect individual learners.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: The Handbook of Second Language Acquisition, p. 178-223
Publisher: Blackwell
Place of Publication: Oxford
ISBN: 0631217541
Field of Research (FOR): 200401 Applied Linguistics and Educational Linguistics
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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