Second Language Acquisition

Second Language Acquisition

Paperback Oxford Introductions to Language Study

By (author) Rod Ellis, Series edited by H. G. Widdowson

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 158 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 194mm x 12mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 8 May 1997
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 019437212X
  • ISBN 13: 9780194372121
  • Illustrations note: tables
  • Sales rank: 106,265

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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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... a powerful tool in opening the door, even to the novice, into this field. - Issues in Applied Linguistics I am impressed with both the aims of this book and the way the design sets out to achieve them. Second Language Acquisition will be useful for anyone curious to learn about the issues of this rapidly expanding and complex area. - IATEFL Newsletter

Table of contents

PREFACE ; SECTION 1 ; Survey ; 1. L2 acquisition ; What is 'second language acquisition'? ; What are the goals of SLA? ; 2. The nature of learner language ; Errors and error analysis ; Developmental patterns ; Variability in learner language ; Summary ; 3. Interlanguage ; Behaviourist learning theory ; A mentalist theory of language learning ; What is 'interlanguage'? ; A computational model of L2 acquisition ; 4. Social aspects of interlanguage ; Interlanguage as a stylistic continuum ; The acculturation model of L2 acquisition ; Social identity and investment in L2 learning ; 5. Discourse aspects of interlanguage ; Acquiring discourse rules ; The role of input and interaction in L2 acquisition ; The role of output in L2 acquisition ; Summary ; 6. Psycholinguistic aspects of interlanguage ; L1 transfer ; The role of consciousness in L2 acquisition ; Processing operations ; Communication strategies ; Two types of computational model ; 7. Linguistic aspects of interlanguage ; Typological universals: relative clauses ; Universal Grammar ; Learnability ; The critical period hypothesis ; Access to UG ; Markedness ; Cognitive versus linguistic explanations ; 8. Individual differences in L2 acquisition ; Language aptitude ; Motivation ; Learning strategies ; 9. Instruction and L2 acquisition ; Form-focused instruction ; Learner-instruction matching ; Strategy training ; Summary ; 10. Conclusion: multiple perspectives in SLA ; SECTION 2 ; Readings ; SECTION 3 ; References ; SECTION 4 ; Glossary