Understanding Second Language Acquisition (Understanding Language)

Understanding Second Language Acquisition (Understanding Language)

By: Lourdes Ortega (author)Paperback

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Whether we grow up with one, two, or several languages during our early years of life, many of us will learn a second, foreign, or heritage language in later years. The field of Second language acquisition (SLA, for short) investigates the human capacity to learn additional languages in late childhood, adolescence, or adulthood, after the first language --in the case of monolinguals-- or languages --in the case of bilinguals-- have already been acquired. Understanding Second Language Acquisition offers a wide-encompassing survey of this burgeoning field, its accumulated findings and proposed theories, its developed research paradigms, and its pending questions for the future. The book zooms in and out of universal, individual, and social forces, in each case evaluating the research findings that have been generated across diverse naturalistic and formal contexts for second language acquisition. It assumes no background in SLA and provides helpful chapter-by-chapter summaries and suggestions for further reading. Ideal as a textbook for students of applied linguistics, foreign language education, TESOL, and education, it is also recommended for students of linguistics, developmental psycholinguistics, psychology, and cognitive science. Supporting resources for tutors are available free at www.routledge.com/ortega.

About Author

Lourdes Ortega is Professor of Second Language Studies at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, where she teaches graduate courses and conducts research on second language acquisition and instruction.


Chapter 1. Introduction Chapter 2. Age Chapter 3. Crosslinguistic influences Chapter 4. The linguistic environment Chapter 5. Cognition Chapter 6. Development of learner language Chapter 7. Foreign language aptitude Chapter 8. Motivation Chapter 9. Affect and other individual differences Chapter 10. Social dimensions of L2 learning

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780340905593
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 320
  • ID: 9780340905593
  • weight: 499
  • ISBN10: 034090559X

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