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A Verbal Odyssey. Learning Maltese as a foreign adult

With Malta’s entry into the European Union in 2004, Maltese became one of its official languages.

With Malta’s entry into the European Union in 2004, Maltese became one of its official languages. Furthermore, many foreign workers residing in Malta, continue to find employment in the iGaming industry, financial services, health care, pharmaceuticals, construction sector and culinary industry and are interested to learn Maltese for various reasons. The book “A Verbal Odyssey. Learning Maltese as a foreign adult” by Dr. Jacqueline Żammit explores the acquisition of Maltese verbs by adult non-native learners, which could easily be applied to any other foreign language acquisition. The book was published in May 2021 by GRIN (ISBN: 978-3-346-40349-0).

 

What is the most effective way of learning a foreign language? What is happening in our mind when we are learning a foreign language and how can adult learners overcome their personal challenges?

 

Learning a foreign language implicates several cognitive and sociocultural challenges that affect the competence and performance of the learner. The new learned language often differs from the learner’s first. So, it is relevant to understand the impact of the first language on the foreign language learning process. This book aims to analyse the use of verbs by Thirty-five non-native learners from all walks of life and  different parts of the world to understand what is going on in the learner’s mind while learning Maltese as a foreign language, the challenges of learning Maltese and to improve the current teaching and learning system in Maltese as a foreign language. These issues and learning techniques could easily be applied to any foreign language acquisition.

 

To  provide practical advice to foreign language learners a practical advice, the author explores the acquisition of Maltese, which could easily be applied to any other second foreign language acquisition. The book adopts chaos/complexity theory (C/CT) as a conceptual framework in a unique way and interprets the process of learning from both cognitive and sociocultural perspectives. It addresses any second foreign language learner as well as teachers, lecturers, and school administrators. For methodical reasons, the book is also interesting for linguistic researchers. Furthermore, also education policymakers will get their benefit from the insights-findings, especially when it comes to understanding students’ and adult learners’ learning curves and language learning challenges.

 

Is a learning process linear or non-linear?

 

Foreign language acquisition is complex, unpredictable, and non-linear and it is primarily concerned with the learner’s internal mental state and processes, considering the learning curve analysis. In fact, socio-cognitive theories consider both the cognitive and social perspectives to foreign language acquisition, which are regarded as a combination of several processes that show what is happening in our mind while learning a new language. “A Verbal Odyssey. Learning Maltese as a foreign adult” concludes that Chaos/Complexity Theory’s Butterfly Effect could occur to adult learners to resolve their identified challenges including problems related to memory, personality (being introvert or extrovert), culture shock and boring and “outdated” teaching methods. Each chapter in this book starts with a funny comic strip and a quotation. This book addresses any foreign language learner as well as teachers and lecturers. For methodical reasons, the book is also interesting for linguistic researchers.

 

This academic textbook is truly remarkable as each chapter in this book starts with a funny comic-strip and a quotation. Join thirty-five adult non-native speakers as they overcome challenges and develop strategies to learn Maltese as a second foreign language! Happy Reading!

 

Direct link for buying the book or ebook from GRIN: https://www.grin.com/document/1020349

 

The book on Amazon: https://www.amazon.de/-/en/Jacqueline-Zammit/dp/3346403491/ref=sr_1_1?crid=C9VNMOYDRF6N&dchild=1&keywords=a+verbal+odyssey.+learning+maltese+as+a+foreign+adult&qid=1623679666&sprefix=A+Verbal+%2Caps%2C196&sr=8-1

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