The Dynamics of Complexity, Accuracy and Fluency in Second Language Development

Iwona Kowal

Jagiellonian University Press

The Dynamics of Complexity, Accuracy and Fluency in Second Language Development

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Pub Date: January 2017

ISBN: 9788323341369

232 Pages

Format: Paperback

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The Dynamics of Complexity, Accuracy and Fluency in Second Language Development

Iwona Kowal

Jagiellonian University Press

?This book looks at the development of language skills in Swedish as a second language in young adults, beginning from the first months of their second language instruction and ending after three years of intensive language courses. The focus is on three proficiency dimensions: complexity, accuracy, and fluency, and their interplay at group level and in individual students.

At the beginning of the second language learning process, accuracy, complexity, and fluency are not integrated in the learner's mind and they tend to act in an arbitrary fashion. During second language development, integration of all dimensions proceeds steadily and after three years of learning the discrepancy between different aspects of proficiency is very low. The study traces the mutual impact of each dimension on particular aspects in order to identify four distinct learner profiles. The goal of this book is to provide a platform for further discussion of the dynamics of second language development and the interconnectedness of the systems involved in this development. Iwona Kowal calls for an individual approach to be taken with every learner and for development to be treated as a constant interplay between many factors.
The monograph encourages reflection for second language researchers and teachers. It has stemmed from an observation of the development of the third language (Swedish) in young Polish adults, i.e. students at the Jagiellonian university... The application of dynamic systems theory in second language research enables to follow a way in which a new language emerges in persons who are learning it as a second, third or fourth language. That is, I think, the most important conclusion that can be drawn from the study. Zdzislaw Wawrzyniak

About the Author

Iwona Kowal is assistant professor at the Institute for Swedish Language and Literature, Jagiellonian University, Krakow.