Language Awareness in Multilingual Learning and Teaching

Authored by: Ulrike Jessner

The Routledge Handbook of Language Awareness

Print publication date:  October  2017
Online publication date:  November  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138937048
eBook ISBN: 9781315676494
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315676494.ch18

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Abstract

Over the last few years, interest in the social and individual phenomenon of multilingualism has considerably grown. Aronin and Singleton (2012) have identified multilingualism as the new world order. Scholars working in the area of third language acquisition and multilingualism are interested in the exploration of the most important factors guiding the language learning process in a multilingual context. Metalinguistic awareness has been identified as one, or even the key factor of multilingual learning. The primary goal of this chapter is to look into the nature of metalinguistic awareness and identify it as an emergent property in multilingual learners and users, which at the same time describes it as a feature of multilingual proficiency which cannot be studied with a monolingual yardstick.

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