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L2 learning, teaching and assessment - a comprehensible input perspective
Nihat Polat
Multilingual Matters
UK Publication Date

This book explores second language (L2) learning, teaching and assessment from a comprehensible input (CI) perspective. This focus on the role of input is important for deepening our understanding of interactions between the learner, teacher and the environment as well as of the nature of the learning, teaching and assessment processes. The book takes a blended approach that promotes the intertwining of theory, research and practice in L2 pedagogy and assessment and aims to address the commonly used concept of CI and its role in L2 education. Content includes a comprehensive discussion of the conceptual foundation of CI; a multimodal and dynamic interpretation of CI from numerous perspectives; a critical discussion of well-known L2 acquisition theories and research; a practical examination of the role of multimodal forms of CI in L2 pedagogy; an analytical review of factors to be considered when modifying CI for pedagogical purposes in different settings and an overview of CI in L2 assessment. It will be of interest to students in the fields of L2 learning, teaching and assessment, teachers in second/foreign language settings and researchers of SLA and teacher education.

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Nihat Polat is a Professor of Teacher Education and Applied Linguistics in the School of Education at Duquesne University. He has served in leadership positions such as Associate Dean for Graduate and Research, and Director of Canevin Center for Educational Transformation and Social Justice. He has coauthored three books and is currently working on an edited volume. He has published around 30 peer-reviewed journal articles among others and made over 80 invited and peer-reviewed presentations, mostly on the education of English learners, applied linguistics, and teacher education. His work appeared in journals such as Teachers College Record, Applied Linguistics, TESOL Quarterly, and The Modern Language Journal. He serves as the consulting editor for the Journal of Educational Research and as a TESOL Quarterly editorial board member.

'Input' or more appropriately 'comprehensible input' is now recognized as an indispensable component of state-of-the-art second language instruction. Language teachers are regularly reminded that processing oral and written input is fundamental to building the learner's underlying language capacity. Professor Nihat Polat has produced a remarkable volume explaining and contextualizing the theoretical and practical aspects of using input effectively and meaningfully in the language classroom.

Elaine K. Horwitz, The University of Texas at Austin, USA

Nihat Polat has created a significant update to the concept of comprehensible input. The text provides a systematic, well-organized, wide-ranging, and nuanced overview of the topic. The breadth of information and incorporation of multiple perspectives will guide readers toward a deeper understanding of complex, intertwined teaching and learning processes.

Peter D. MacIntyre, Cape Breton University, Canada

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Language and languages - Study and teaching - Research.|Language and languages - Ability testing - Research.|Language acquisition - Research.|Interlanguage (Language learning) - Research.|Second language acquisition - Research.
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