The Intentional Dynamics of TESOL
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Stelma and Kostoulas have enriched the potential of the partnership between complex dynamic systems and ecological theories by contributing the concept of intentionality. Importantly, their model of intentional dynamics places meaning and meaning-making at the heart of an ecological and complex dynamic systems account of TESOL. The authors don't stop with theory. They illustrate the power of their model in exemplifying four different contexts and types of activities, reinterpreting them through the lens offered by their model and thereby making a case for its versatility. In so doing, they demonstrate its real-world relevance to the TESOL teaching and research community. In addition to conceiving of language learning as intentional becoming, their understanding affords a critical-intentional perspective on power, freedom, and agency to counter injustice-a perspective that is much-needed in the world today.
Diane Larsen-Freeman, Professor Emerita of Education and of Linguistics, University of Michigan
The following topicsare included in the series:
Second language acquisition and the acquisition of additional languages
Bilingual and multilingual education
Language planning and language policy
Second/foreign language pedagogy
Translation and interpretation
Language for specific purposes
Language testing and assessment
Language and gender
Pragmatics and rhetorics
Research methodology in applied linguistics
Language and technology