Three of the basic issues raised by the multi-competence perspective for SLA research are:
(1) who are the L2 users? Both as the possession of the individual and of the community, L1 and L2 are diverse and flexible, ranging from developing to relatively static to reducing. SLA research has to recognise the shifting flux of L1 and L2 systems.
(2) what is the language that the L2 user knows? Five meanings of ‘language’ are discussed: human representation system, institutional object, set of sentences, community and individual possession, concluding that the language systems of the individual and of the community need to be treated as a whole.
(3) What is the community the L2 user belongs to? L2 users belong to diverse communities of their own, both local and global. SLA research needs to explore the nature of these communities rather than assuming L2 users wish to be part of native monolingual communities.
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Moore, Emilee & Melinda Dooly
2010. “How Do the Apples Reproduce (Themselves)?” How Teacher Trainees Negotiate Language, Content, and Membership in a CLIL Science Education Classroom at a Multilingual University. Journal of Language, Identity & Education 9:1 ► pp. 58 ff.
Paquet-Gauthier, Myriam & Suzie Beaulieu
2016. Can language classrooms take the multilingual turn?. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development 37:2 ► pp. 167 ff.
Sadat, Jasmin, Rita Pureza & F.-Xavier Alario
2016. Traces of An Early Learned Second Language in Discontinued Bilingualism. Language Learning 66:S2 ► pp. 210 ff.
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2016. Epilogue: multi-competence and the TranslanguagingInstinct. In The Cambridge Handbook of Linguistic Multi-Competence, ► pp. 533 ff.
2010. Multicompetence and L2 users' associative links: being unlike nativelike. International Journal of Applied Linguistics 20:1 ► pp. 2 ff.
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