Edited by Angeliki Psaltou-Joycey, Eleni Agathopoulou and Marina Mattheoudakis
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
The present volume consists of a selection of twenty-three papers on the theme of Cross-Curricular Approaches to Language Education and is based on papers presented at the 15th International Conference of Applied Linguistics, all of which relate to the above mentioned theme. The conference was held in Thessaloniki, Greece, from 23 to 25 November 2012 and was organised by the Greek Applied Linguistics Association, an affiliate of AILA (Association Internationale de Linguistique Appliquée). The papers reflect current applied linguistic research in the Greek but also in several other international, educational contexts. They cover a broad range of research areas which all share a common focus. Specifically, all papers approach language learning and teaching from an interdisciplinary perspective by crossing school-subject boundaries, and thus bring into focus integrated forms of learning and teaching (Committee of the European Communities, 2007; Council of Europe, 2006; Eurydice, 2008). They investigate language learning practices which promote holistic forms of knowledge; in those cases language is seen as a tool to acquire knowledge but also as a learning objective in its own right (Cummins, 2007; Harris and Grenfell, 2004; Long & Robinson, 1998; Lyster, 2007; McCarthy, 1997). Of the twenty-three papers, sixteen are written in English, six in Greek, and one is in French. To facilitate international readership, all abstracts are written in English.