Understanding Second Language Acquisition by Lourdes OrtegaUnderstanding Second Language Acquisition by Lourdes Ortega

Understanding Second Language Acquisition

byLourdes OrtegaEditorLourdes Ortega

Paperback | November 28, 2008

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Second Language Acquisition (SLA) is a theoretical and experimental field of study which looks at the phenomenon of the acquisition of second languages. Understanding Second Language Acquisition provides an approachable but authoritative introduction to this area of linguistics. The basics are carefully explained and there are pointers for further study. In this book, the author concentrates on the essential notions involved rather than argue for aparticular theoretical position.The book has broad appeal as it offers a balanced treatment of the linguistic, social, psychological and educational dimensions of SLA research. It will be illustrated with examples of English and other languages. This is the ideal book for both beginning students of Applied Linguistics, or anyone in a related discipline looking for a first introduction to second language learning.
Lourdes Ortega is Assistant Professor in the Department of Second Language Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Title:Understanding Second Language AcquisitionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.2 × 6.25 × 0.75 inPublished:November 28, 2008Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:034090559X

ISBN - 13:9780340905593

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Table of Contents

1. Understanding SLA: an introduction2. Age and L2 acquisition3. Crosslinguistic influences4. The linguistic environment5. Cognition and L2 learning6. Individual differences7. Social influences in L2 learning8. Instructed SLA9. Contemporary SLA theories10. Looking forward

Editorial Reviews

This volume is impressive in many ways, including its state-of-the art coverage of the field, the scope and depth of the material reviewed, and its engaging and accessible style of delivery...the strengths of this book cannot be overstated...This volume is sure to soon become a standard SLA text in the field of applied linguistics. Nina Spada - OISE University of Toronto Lourdes Ortega has succeeded admirably in her goal of helping students construct personal understandings of the interdisciplinary field of SLA. She is thorough in presenting the most up-to-date research bearing on the important controversies in SLA and does so with an engaging, personable, reader-friendly style that invites students to stay focused on the broader meanings of the research findings. Professor Mark Sawyer, Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan My students thoroughly enjoyed this text. It provides a thorough and yet accessible overview of major theories and trends in the field. I believe it is destined to become the standard text for survey courses on SLA. Linda Harklau, University of Georgia, USA Ortega has ... provided an invaluable source of information and reference for novice and seasoned researchers. This book will be of use to researchers from different corners of the world who share an interest in uncovering SLA. Ammar Ahlem, McGill University, The Canadian Modern Language Review, Volume 66, Number 3, March 2010, pp.467-469 Understanding Second Language Acquisition is an eminently useful, thorough and elaborate overview of the most important debates in the field of Second Language Acquisition (SLA). [It] is laid out in a well-organised and well structured manner. The language used is engaging and straight forward and the arguments are all cogent, coherent and at the appropriate level for the intended audience. ...all universities with a TESOL, Modern Foreign Languages and/or Applied Linguistics group would find this book extremely valuable. BAAL News Parvaneh Tavakoli - London Metropolitan University