Advancedness in Second Language Spanish

Definitions, challenges, and possibilities

| University of Minnesota
| University of South Carolina
ISBN 9789027208101 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027260321 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
This book analyzes the construct of advanced proficiency in second language learning by bringing together empirical research from numerous linguistic domains and methodological traditions. Focusing on the dynamic nature of language use, the volume explores diverse manifestations of high-level second language Spanish, including performance on standardized proficiency assessments, acquisition of late-acquired linguistic structures, sophisticated language use in context, and individual differences. Chapters relate empirical findings to current definitions of advancedness, challenging scholars and practitioners to re-consider existing conceptualizations, and propose possible directions for future research and teaching with second language speakers of Spanish. By addressing larger issues in the field of second language learning, the volume is a valuable reference for language teachers, scholars, professionals and students with an interest in second language acquisition generally, and second language Spanish, more specifically.
[Issues in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics, 31]  2021.  x, 512 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. The problematic pursuit of defining advancedness
Mandy R. Menke and Paul A. Malovrh
Part I. Advancedness and standardized assessments of proficiency
Chapter 2. The (limited) contributions of proficiency assessments in defining advancedness
Mandy R. Menke and Paul A. Malovrh
Chapter 3. ACTFL OPIc question prompt and advanced Spanish fluency
Alan V. Brown, Gregory L. Thompson and Troy L. Cox
Chapter 4. Advanced users of Spanish: Relationships among modalities of speaking, reading, and listening
Dan Soneson
Part II. Advancedness and late-acquired structures
Chapter 5. The role of late-acquired structures in advanced oral proficiency: A consideration of complexity and variability as indicators of development
Paul A. Malovrh and Mandy R. Menke
Chapter 6. Allowable temporal distances for future-time forms: The case of advanced L2 Spanish learners
Matthew Kanwit
Chapter 7. What does advanced L2 pronunciation look like? Evidence from the ultimate attainment of Spanish consonants
Timothy L. Face
Chapter 8. An exploration of advanced-level learners’ verb choices in variable mood-distinction contexts
Aarnes Gudmestad
Chapter 9. L2 proficiency and L2 dialect processing during study abroad
Christine Shea
Part III. Advancedness and Sophisticated language use in context
Chapter 10. Sophisticated language use in context: The contributions of variationist approaches to the study of advanced learners of Spanish
Kimberly L. Geeslin
Chapter 11. Linguistic markers of stance in advanced second language Spanish academic writing
Mandy R. Menke
Chapter 12. Using the L2 to express intercultural competence: A measure of sophisticated language use in context
Lori Czerwionka
Chapter 13. Spanish-language advancedness: Grammatical metaphor and the oral-written continuum
Omar Velázquez-Mendoza
Chapter 14. Developing advanced pragmatic competence in Spanish
J. César Félix-Brasdefer and Megan DiBartolomeo
Part IV. Advancedness and individual learner characteristics and advanced-level performance
Chapter 15. Advancing notions of advancedness: Clarifying the differential and dynamic effects of working memory across the second language proficiency spectrum
Ellen Johnson Serafini
Chapter 16. Individual characteristics in advanced Spanish proficiency: Cluster and case-matching analyses on 127 advanced learners
Paula Winke, Emily Heidrich Uebel and Susan M. Gass
Chapter 17. The effects of study abroad on interlanguage development: A concept-oriented analysis of advanced Spanish majors’ direct object expression
Paul A. Malovrh and James F. Lee
Chapter 18. The role of individual characteristics in the acquisition of Spanish copula choice: The case of Korean learners
Avizia Long
Chapter 19. The role of language anxiety and enjoyment in advanced proficiency: Considerations for task-based language teaching research
Ángela Donate
Chapter 20. Language aptitude and foreign accent in advanced L2 speakers of Spanish
Gisela Granena
Chapter 21. Looking ahead: Future directions for research on advancednesss and instructional practice in second language Spanish
Paul A. Malovrh and Mandy R. Menke
“This volume will serve as a unique landmark in the study of advancedness in second language Spanish. It contains theoretically-grounded chapters by experts who explore the challenges in defining, facilitating and investigating the nature of advanced language abilities and the profiles of advanced learners. The nuanced exploration of the construct of advancedness and the effect of individual differences and experiences on the acquisition process provides the reader with critical questions for future research. Particularly helpful as well are the discussions of the limitations of extant rubrics to measure advanced proficiency and the need to create more fine-grained instruments to capture diverse learners’ abilities to demonstrate their multifunctionality of forms and sophisticated language use, as well as their discourse, intercultural, pragmatic, and sociolinguistic competences in various domestic and international contexts. The proposed synergistic relationship between theoretical and pedagogical considerations makes this volume indispensable to both second language researchers and language practitioners.”
“This impressive volume takes a huge step forward in promoting our understanding of advanced second language proficiency. Compared to early and intermediate stages of language learning, advancedness is a largely unexplored topic that currently, nonetheless, attracts progressively more research interest. With its 21 chapters, all presenting original research, the book takes a broad approach to the issue, covering the areas late-acquired structures, fluency, various aspects of pragmatics, and individual learner characteristics. The fact that all the studies investigate advanced proficiency in Spanish is a great ‘regalo’ (gift) to Hispanic linguistics and applied linguistics, but also, of course, to second language acquisition theory generally, which can improve considerably from knowledge gained from cutting edge research into a wide range of target languages. This book should be read by all: researchers, teachers and students alike.”
Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CF/2ADS – Linguistics/Spanish
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2020041619 | Marc record