Toward the Form-Function Mapping Model

  • Magdalena WalentaEmail author
Part of the Second Language Learning and Teaching book series (SLLT)


The preceding chapters have, gradually, set the scene for the current discussion by outlining the universal character of the form-function dichotomy in L2A/FLL research and, then, by narrowing it down to the language/content dialectic, as manifest in CBLT. The underlying aim of the final theoretical chapter is to weave the various threads into the fabric of the form-function mapping model advocated in this book. In order to do this, Sect. 3.2 sketches a general outline of the model, explaining how it grew out of the insights discussed so far. Then—in order to shed more light on the model’s inner workings—Sects. 3.3 and 3.4 outline the material (adult interlanguage ) and process ( restructuring ) which underlie its functioning. Next, Sect. 3.5 elaborates the model’s central idea (form-function mapping), as well as the pedagogical tools which derive from it: content-based structured input (CBSI) and content-based structured output (CBSO), together with their example application. Finally, Sect. 3.6 returns to the initial sketch of the FFM model and fills it with detail.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Modern Languages, Institute of English StudiesUniversity of WarsawWarsawPoland

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