Form-Function Mapping in Content-Based Language Teaching

A Study of Interlanguage Restructuring

  • Magdalena Walenta

Part of the Second Language Learning and Teaching book series (SLLT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. Theoretical Background—Designing the FFM Model

  3. Empirical Findings—Verifying the Model

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
    2. Magdalena Walenta
      Pages 115-154
    3. Magdalena Walenta
      Pages 155-232
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 233-324

About this book


This book presents a form-function mapping (FFM) model for balancing language and content gains within content-based language teaching (CBLT). It includes a theoretical part, which outlines the FFM model and, drawing on the analysis of eclectic teaching methods and interlanguage restructuring, proposes pedagogical tools for its implementation. These tools, which encourage mapping of language forms onto content knowledge, are hypothesized to facilitate interlanguage restructuring, thus helping CBLT learners in their struggle with L2 morpho-syntax. The empirical section presents the results of a quantitative–qualitative study conducted among adult L1 Polish learners of English in a CBLT context. It then goes on to translate the findings, which reveal that the FFM model has a positive and significant influence on interlanguage restructuring as well as a favorable reception among CBLT learners, into a set of pedagogical guidelines for practitioners.


Content-based Language Teaching Form-function Mapping Pedagogical Grammar Processing Instruction Interlanguage Restructuring

Authors and affiliations

  • Magdalena Walenta
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Modern Languages, Institute of English StudiesUniversity of WarsawWarsawPoland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-04698-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-04699-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2193-7648
  • Series Online ISSN 2193-7656
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