IAFOR Journal of Education Volume 8 – Issue 1 – Language Learning in Education
Editor: Dr Melinda Cowart
Editor-in-Chief: Dr Yvonne Masters
Published: March 01, 2020
Bilingualism and second language learning occur in virtually every nation. The number of second language learners throughout the world increases regularly prompting educators and researchers involved in teaching and investigating the multifaceted processes of second language acquisition and language learning that their work is important and long-lasting. The challenges and rewards inherent in the lengthy journey of learning another language are as numerous as the reasons and motivations given for engaging in that endeavour. Whether there is a need to meet school requirements, a pending move to another nation, an interest in a new career, family reunification, or a sincere desire to add a language to his or her existing linguistic repertoire, there exist unique issues that pertain to language in general and to individual languages specifically.
Several persons have departed from their heritage nations in search of a safe haven and must learn the language or languages of the new home nation as a part of survival and starting the process of creating a new life. Whatever the motives for learning an additional language may be, the nature of language learning is complex and requires consideration of multiple factors. The mechanics, such as written discourse and pragmatics, of language and individual languages as well as affective issues such as cultural identity, marginalization, acculturation, assimilation, language shock, language loss, language status, self-esteem when communicating in the new language, and the contexts of exit and reception for the newcomer must be explored if language learning is to be successful.
Furthermore, ascertaining what constitutes successful practice among those who teach child and adult language learners requires educators to look ahead for fresh ideas while concurrently considering strategies and techniques that are research proven. Finally, it is important to explore the types of teacher development that translate to effective teaching. Each of these topics is addressed in the variety of articles provided by the diverse group of authors who contribute their research and scholarship to this issue of the IAFOR Journal of Education: Language Learning in Education.
The IAFOR Journal of Education is an internationally reviewed and editorially independent interdisciplinary journal associated with IAFOR’s international conferences on education. Like all IAFOR publications, it is freely available to read online, and is free of publication fees for authors. The first issue was published in May 2013, From 2020, the journal will publish a minimum of four issues per year.