Oxford Introduction to Language Study: Second Language Acquisition

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byRod EllisEditorH. G. Widdowson

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In the age of the global village and the world wide web, understanding the way in which people learn languages is of ever increasing importance. This book makes the essentials of this rapidly expanding area of study accessible to readers encountering it for the first time.

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In the age of the global village and the world wide web, understanding the way in which people learn languages is of ever increasing importance. This book makes the essentials of this rapidly expanding area of study accessible to readers encountering it for the first time.

Professor Henry Widdowson is Emeritus Professor of Education, University of London, and has also been Professor of Applied Linguistics at Essex University and Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Vienna. Rod Ellis is Professor in the Department of Applied Language Studies and Linguistics at the University of Auckland, ...

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Format:Other FormatDimensions:158 pages, 7.8 × 5.08 × 0.43 in

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PrefaceSection 1Survey1. L2 acquisitionWhat is 'second language acquisition'?What are the goals of SLA?2. The nature of learner languageErrors and error analysisDevelopmental patternsVariability in learner languageSummary3. InterlanguageBehaviourist learning theoryA mentalist theory of language learningWhat is 'interlanguage'?A computational model of L2 acquisition4. Social aspects of interlanguageInterlanguage as a stylistic continuumThe acculturation model of L2 acquisitionSocial identity and investment in L2 learning5. Discourse aspects of interlanguageAcquiring discourse rulesThe role of input and interaction in L2 acquisitionThe role of output in L2 acquisitionSummary6. Psycholinguistic aspects of interlanguageL1 transferThe role of consciousness in L2 acquisitionProcessing operationsCommunication strategiesTwo types of computational model7. Linguistic aspects of interlanguageTypological universals: relative clausesUniversal GrammarLearnabilityThe critical period hypothesisAccess to UGMarkednessCognitive versus linguistic explanations8. Individual differences in L2 acquisitionLanguage aptitudeMotivationLearning strategies9. Instruction and L2 acquisitionForm-focused instructionLearner-instruction matchingStrategy trainingSummary10. Conclusion: multiple perspectives in SLASection 2ReadingsSection 3ReferencesSection 4Glossary

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I am impressed with both the aims of this book and the way the design sets out to achieve them. iSecond Language Acquisition/i will be useful for anyone curious to learn about the issues of this rapidly expanding and complex area. - IATEFL Newsletter