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University Exchange Students’ Practices of Learning Finnish : A Language Ecological Approach to Affordances in Linguistic Landscapes (2020)


Szabó, T. P., & Dufva, H. (2020). University Exchange Students’ Practices of Learning Finnish : A Language Ecological Approach to Affordances in Linguistic Landscapes. In D. Malinowski, H. H. Maxim, & S. Dubreil (Eds.), Language Teaching in the Linguistic Landscape : Mobilizing Pedagogy in Public Space (pp. 93-117). Springer International Publishing. Educational Linguistics, 49. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-55761-4_5


JYU authors or editors


Publication details

All authors or editors: Szabó, Tamás Péter; Dufva, Hannele

Parent publication: Language Teaching in the Linguistic Landscape : Mobilizing Pedagogy in Public Space

Parent publication editors: Malinowski, David; Maxim, Hiram H.; Dubreil, Sébastien

ISBN: 978-3-030-55760-7

eISBN: 978-3-030-55761-4

Journal or series: Educational Linguistics

ISSN: 1572-0292

eISSN: 2215-1656

Publication year: 2020

Number in series: 49

Pages range: 93-117

Publisher: Springer International Publishing

Place of Publication: Cham

Publication country: Switzerland

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-55761-4_5

Publication open access: Not open

Publication channel open access:

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/74544


Abstract

In linguistic landscape (LL) studies, various projects have demonstrated how language learners benefit from tasks that involve the documentation and interpretation of the LL. In this chapter, we investigate how Finnish as a second language learner exchange students turned the local LL into affordances during their time abroad in Finland.

While language awareness and its relation to learning and teaching have been extensively discussed, it has often been regarded as a property of an individual consciousness: a faculty or a tendency of a particular person to perceive, notice and reflect upon the linguistic features present in their environments. In contrast, we argue for an approach that contests the person vs. environment dualism and frames language awareness in terms of relational processes. Using awareness raising tasks in second language pedagogy may help learners not only to notice what is useful in their environments, but at the same time invites them to reflect on how they can make use of such resources.

Based on the analysis of our corpus we argue that the students explored the role of the LL in their learning and thus, implicitly, also displayed elements of an ecological model of distributed cognition which we discuss in detail.


Keywords: languages; learning; language acquisition; language learning; Finnish as a second language; linguistic interaction; exchange students; cognition; consciousness (mental properties); language awareness

Free keywords: language awareness; affordances; metalinguistic narratives; ecology of language learning; learner agency


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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2020

JUFO rating: 2


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