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Second Language Learning Theories

Format:  Paperback,

379 pages

Edition: Revised

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Publish Date: Feb 2013

ISBN-13: 9781444163100

ISBN-10: 1444163108

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Second Language Learning Theories is a clear and concise overview of the field of second language acquisition (SLA) theories. Written by a team of leading academics working in different SLA specialisms, this book provides expert analysis of the main theories from multiple perspectives to offer a broad and balanced introduction to the topic.

The book covers all the main theoretical perspectives currently active in the SLA field and sets them in a broader perspective per chapter, e.g. linguistic, cognitive or sociolinguistic. Each chapter examines how various theories view language, the learner, and the acquisition process. Summaries of key studies and examples of data relating to a variety of languages illustrate the different theoretical perspectives. Each chapter concludes with an evaluative summary of the theories discussed. This third edition has been thoroughly updated to reflect the very latest research in the field of SLA.

Key features include:

  • a fully re-worked chapter on cognitive models of language and language learning
  • a new chapter on information processing, including the roles of different types of memory and knowledge in language learning
  • the addition of a glossary of key linguistic terms to help the non-specialist
  • a new timeline of second language learning theory development

This third edition takes account of the significant developments that have taken place in the field in recent years. Highly active domains in which theoretical and methodological advances have been made are treated in more depth to ensure that this new edition of Second Language Learning Theories remains as fresh and relevant as ever.

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Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publish Date: Feb 2013
ISBN-13: 9781444163100
ISBN-10: 1444163108
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 379
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.3
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.1

Chapter outline

Second language learning: key concepts and issues
The recent history of second language learning research
Linguistics and language learning: the Universal Grammar approach
Cognitive approaches to second language learning
Functional/pragmatic perspectives on second language learning
Input and interaction in second language learning
Socio-cultural perspectives on second language learning
Sociolinguistic perspectives
Conclusion

Book description

Second Language Learning Theories is a clear and concise overview of the field of second language acquisition (SLA) theories. Written by a team of leading academics working in different SLA specialisms, this book provides expert analysis of the main theories from multiple perspectives to offer a broad and balanced introduction to the topic.

The book covers all the main theoretical perspectives currently active in the SLA field and sets them in a broader perspective per chapter, e.g. linguistic, cognitive or sociolinguistic. Each chapter examines how various theories view language, the learner, and the acquisition process. Summaries of key studies and examples of data relating to a variety of languages illustrate the different theoretical perspectives. Each chapter concludes with an evaluative summary of the theories discussed. This third edition has been thoroughly updated to reflect the very latest research in the field of SLA.

Key features include:

  • a fully re-worked chapter on cognitive models of language and language learning
  • a new chapter on information processing, including the roles of different types of memory and knowledge in language learning
  • the addition of a glossary of key linguistic terms to help the non-specialist
  • a new timeline of second language learning theory development

This third edition takes account of the significant developments that have taken place in the field in recent years. Highly active domains in which theoretical and methodological advances have been made are treated in more depth to ensure that this new edition of Second Language Learning Theories remains as fresh and relevant as ever.

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