Category: Second Language Acquisition

May 3, 2015 karinawp 1 comment

A British Teacher in China As an individual, my view of teaching is based upon my own personal background, upbringing and culture. However, Starr (2012) highlights the dangers of this: “Western, predominantly Anglo-Saxon teachers (take) with them the assumption that the communicative approach (is) the ‘right’ way to teach a foreign language…” So as a…

April 22, 2015 karinawp No comments exist

Theories of Parental Involvement: Cultural Capital Theory and predicting Parental Involvement in Northwest Indiana Schools Cultural Capital Theory This paper by Ringenberg, McElwee and Isreal (2009) unveils yet another powerful theory that helps us understand how parental interactions may help or hinder student academic success: Cultural Capital Theory. According to Bourdieu’s theory of cultural reproduction, children…

April 21, 2015 karinawp No comments exist

Theories of Parental Involvement: The Concept of Parent Involvement. Some theoretical and empirical considerations Defining PI “Continuing research for my SLA project, I turn to a paper which gives a thorough review of the term Parental Involvement (PI) and the research undertaken to better understand and quantify it. The authors analyse twelve selected studies which…

April 17, 2015 karinawp No comments exist

Theories of Parental Involvement: Parental Influences on Achievement Motivation and Student Engagement “There exists a shared understanding that healthy and academic and psychosocial development cannot occur if key constituents of the child’s upbringing – parents, teachers, and community members – operate in a vacuum or, worse, are in conflict.” (p323). If greater parental involvement leads…

March 22, 2015 karinawp No comments exist

Psycholinguistics Psycholinguistics is but one area in the vast field that is SLA, or Second Language Acquisition. It is divided into three parts: – Neurolinguistics (What happens in the brain, how we learn and how we use a language) – Cognitive Psychology (How language processes occur) – Psychological Factors (Learner Differences) Psychological Factors  In terms…