An up-to-date account of the main problems and theoretical and practical issues raised by second language acquisition research. As such, this introduction provides students with a real understanding of the fundamental topics in the field and the advances achieved by empirical research.
Preface; Part I. The Process of Language Acquisition: 1. Some forms of language acquisition, some fundamental facts, some focal issues, some well-known theories; 2. Six dimensions of language acquisition; 3. Some consequences for foreign language instructions; Part II. From the Learner's Point of View: 4. The learner's four tasks; 5. The problem of analysis; 6. The problem of synthesis; 7. The embedding problem; 8. The matching problem; Conclusion; Notes; References; Index of names; Index of subjects.