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Second Language Acquisition


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1. Introduction to second language acquisition 2. Similarities and differences between first and second language acquisition 3. How learners process information in second language acquisition 4. How the internal system develops in a second language 5. How learners learn to communicate in a second language 6. What we know in SLA Bibliography Index

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An systematic introductory look at second language acquisition theories and how they relate to the real world.

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Professor Alessandro G. Benati is Director of CAROLE at the University of Greenwich, UK Tanja Angelovska is Assistant Professor of English Linguistics at the Universitat Salzburg, Austria


A very good resource to introduce students and trainees to the topic of SLA in such a way that it can be easily understood. This knowledge is reinforced by the activities included and the references for further research on the topic ... The authors cover and review all the main areas of knowledge of this topic in an engaging, practical way for anyone dealing with this complex matter for the first time. In short, the main strength of this book is to help learners and teachers to tackle the numerous studies and theories on this issue. * Language Value *
As promised, this book provides an overview of SLA that is beginner-friendly. This is in contrast to other introductory texts that focus more on analyzing theories and their originating studies (e.g. VanPatten & Williams, 2015). What this allows for is gaining a general understanding that can aid teachers in thinking through both the rationale underpinning what they do in the classroom and the progression of the field informing their work. Moreover, the text gives clear suggestions for the classroom, such as meaningful, task-based activities. The inclusion in this text of information regarding multilinguals and heritage speakers is especially welcome, since these types of students are increasingly common and have different needs than the traditional L2 learner who only has speaks one L1. -- Boris Yelin * LINGUISTLIST *
This book demonstrates that knowing how languages learned help language instructors to develop a more innovative and effective way to teach foreign languages and to create the necessary conditions for students to learn more efficiently and appropriately. * BAAL Newsletter *
Readers searching for an introductory text that explores how second languages are learned alongside effective teaching practices need not look further. Second Language Acquisition: A Theoretical Introduction to Real World Applications is sure to please undergraduate students and future educators who will highly benefit from the down-to-earth foundation that it provides. The text not only reviews key theories and findings that are essential to becoming familiar with innovative language pedagogies, but it also encourages readers to reflect on how to further improve these teaching techniques. -- John W. Schwieter, Associate Professor of Spanish and Linguistics, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada and Visiting Professor of Applied Linguistics, University of Greenwich, UK

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