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The impact of socio-cultural learning tasks on students’ foreign grammatical language awareness

A study conducted in German post-DESI EFL classrooms


Heike Niesen

The book introduces an innovative way of teaching grammatical language awareness via socio-cultural learning tasks (SCLTs). It takes a close look at task-supported teaching/learning and socio-cultural learning theory and how they are combined to develop challenging and motivating learning tasks. It also presents ways to implement SCLTs in heterogeneous EFL classrooms and evaluates the learning potential of SCLTs against the backdrop of a more traditional teaching and learning approach (PPP). Besides the illumination of the very promising concept of SCLTs, the applied qualitative and quantitative research methods hope to be a valuable contribution to SLA research.
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Niesen, Heike, 1980- The impact of socio-cultural learning tasks on students foreign grammatical language awareness : a study conducted in German post-DESI EFL classrooms / Heike Niesen. pages cm — (Foreign Language Pedagogy - content- and learner-oriented ; Volume 30) ISBN 978-3-631-66576-3 (Print) — ISBN 978-3-653-06010-2 (E-Book) 1. Language and languages—Study and teaching—Social aspects—Germany. 2. Language and culture—Social aspects—Germany. 3. Second language acquisition— Germany. 4. Applied linguistics—Germany. 5. Sociolingusitics— Germany. I. Title. P53.8.N54 2015 418.0071—dc23


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ISSN 1430-8150 ISBN 978-3-631-66576-3 (Print) E-ISBN 978-3-653-06010-2 (E-Book) DOI 10.3726/978-3-653-06010-2

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