Foreign and Second Language Learning: Language Acquisition Research and its Implications for the Classroom / Edition 1

Foreign and Second Language Learning: Language Acquisition Research and its Implications for the Classroom / Edition 1

by Michael Swan, William Littlewood
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521274869

ISBN-13: 9780521274869

Pub. Date: 02/28/2011

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In Foreign and Second Language Learning, William Littlewood surveys recent research into how people acquire languages and considers its relevance for language teaching. He describes the most important studies and ideas about first language acquisition, and how these have influenced and developed into studies of second language acquisition. He considers the background

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In Foreign and Second Language Learning, William Littlewood surveys recent research into how people acquire languages and considers its relevance for language teaching. He describes the most important studies and ideas about first language acquisition, and how these have influenced and developed into studies of second language acquisition. He considers the background of language theories which were current before the present interest in acquisition research, and looks at factors such as learners' errors, whether learners are predisposed to acquire language in certain sequences, why some people are apparently more successful at learning languages than others, and how learners make use of their new language to communicate. The use of clear examples, the careful explanation and balanced commentary on the research enable the reader to evaluate the evidence and consider the relevance of work in this field to the day to day concerns of teaching and learning languages.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521274869
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2011
Series:
Cambridge Language Teaching Library Series
Pages:
122
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.28(d)

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