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Spatializing Language Studies

Pedagogical Approaches in the Linguistic Landscape

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  • Illustrates language and culture teaching in the linguistic landscape
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  • Reimagining learning spaces through the linguistic landscape

Part of the book series: Educational Linguistics (EDUL, volume 62)

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This open access volume offers valuable new perspectives on the question of how mobility, locatedness and immersion in the physical world can enhance second language teaching and learning. It does so through a diverse array of empirical studies of language, literacy, and culture learning in the linguistic landscape of visible and audible public discourse. Written from conceptually rich and disciplinarily varied perspectives, its ten chapters address methodological and practical problems of relating language learning to the lived and rapidly changing places of the late modern world. 

Whether it is within the four walls of a school, in a nearby multilingual neighborhood, in a virtual telecollaborative space, or in any other location where languages may be learned, this volume highlights different configurations of learning spaces, the leveraging of real-world places for critical learning, and ways to productively ‘dislocate’ language learners from preconceived notions and standardized experiences. Together, these elements create conditions for a language and literacy pedagogy that can be said to be robustly spatialized: linguistically and culturally complex, geographically situated, historically informed, dialogically realized, and socially engaged.


Table of contents (10 chapters)

  1. Part III

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Modern Languages, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA

    Sébastien Dubreil

  • Department of Linguistics and Language Development, San José State University, San Jose, USA

    David Malinowski

  • German Studies Department, Emory University, Atlanta, USA

    Hiram H. Maxim

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Sébastien Dubreil is Teaching Professor of French and Francophone Studies, Second Language Acquisition, and Technology-Enhanced Learning at Carnegie Mellon University. Specializing in CALL, his research interests focus on the use of technology in fostering transcultural learning. His most recent research examines the notions of social pedagogies, linguistic landscapes, and game-based language and culture learning.

David Malinowski is Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Language Development at San José State University. With interests in language and literacy education, multimodal communication and technology-enhanced learning, he teaches and conducts research on language teacher development, language teaching with technology, and place-based language learning. He is an associate editor for the journal Linguistic Landscape.

Hiram H. Maxim isProfessor of German Studies and Linguistics at Emory University. His research interests lie in the general area of instructed adult second language acquisition with specific interest in the relationship between second language reading and writing and curricular approaches that facilitate that intersection.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Spatializing Language Studies

  • Book Subtitle: Pedagogical Approaches in the Linguistic Landscape

  • Editors: Sébastien Dubreil, David Malinowski, Hiram H. Maxim

  • Series Title: Educational Linguistics

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  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Education, Education (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2023

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-39577-2Published: 13 September 2023

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-39580-2Published: 13 September 2023

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-39578-9Published: 12 September 2023

  • Series ISSN: 1572-0292

  • Series E-ISSN: 2215-1656

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XII, 248

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Language Education, Applied Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Human Geography, Literacy

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