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Current Research on Language and Pedagogy
Research in language pedagogy in the last 10 years has been marked by an emphasis on considering the context in which second language instruction takes place. Following this perspective, this course presents issues related to second language instruction in different contexts and for specific learners inside and outside institutional settings. The semester is broken into three distinct but interrelated areas: the first part consists of an overview of current theoretical issues and key concepts in the field (learner identities, communicative competence; situated research bridging cognitive and sociocultural approaches) and of current research methodology in language pedagogy research: the second part focuses on specific learners (adult: adolescents: children): and the third part examines learning contexts beyond classrooms. Participants practice reading research studies critically and writing a literature review on a topic of their choice.