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Cross-Language Mediation in Foreign Language Teaching and Testing (Hardcover) (Maria Stathopoulou)

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This book examines mediation between languages and how people mediate effectively, the strategies they use and what they do and do not do as intermediaries, the processes involved, and challenges they face. It draws on a study of Greek learners/users of English and written mediation in English from the Greek national foreign language examination system (State Certificate of Language Proficiency/Kratiko Pistopiitiko Glossomathias). It describes how the term “mediation” is used in different disciplines, with an emphasis on foreign language education; the definition of mediation and comparisons with other forms of parallel language use; mediation tasks, including designing tasks for teaching and assessment; mediation outcomes; the effect of task type on strategy; mediation strategies in low vs. high-proficiency scripts; and implications for pedagogy and research. Distributed in the US by UTP Distribution. Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
This book contributes to the growing field of foreign language teaching and testing by shedding light on mediation between languages. Stathopoulou offers an empirically-grounded definition of mediation as a form of translanguaging and offers tools and methods for further research in multilingual testing. The book explores what cross-language mediation entails, what processes and strategies are involved, and the challenges often faced by mediators. As well as stressing the importance of administering tests which favour cross-language mediation practices, the author encourages the implementation of language programmes which promote the mingling-of-languages idea and target the development of language learners' effective translanguaging practices. Researchers studying translanguaging, multilingualism, multilingual testing and the use of mother tongue in the foreign language classroom will all find this book of interest.
Number of Pages: 305
Genre: Language + Art + Disciplines
Sub-Genre: Study + Teaching
Series Title: New Perspectives on Language and Education
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Multilingual Matters Ltd
Author: Maria Stathopoulou
Language: English
Street Date: September 10, 2015
TCIN: 21531568
UPC: 9781783094110
Item Number (DPCI): 247-49-4045

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