A readable introduction to the main theories of first and second language acquisition, relating them to approaches to classroom methodology. This is a completely revised and updated edition of this readable introduction to the study of language acquisition. By understanding how languages are learned . How Languages are Learned, by Patsy Lightbown and Nina Spada. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. Author(s): Argyres, Zoe J.

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How Languages are Learned

You’re wasting your money if you buy both. She recently contributed to a series of professional development workshops coordinated by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and the Boston public television station WGBH. If anything, the book equivocates more than it has to. I haven’t read prior versions, so I can’t compare, but the This book serves as a nice contrast to “Literacies” by Cope and Kalantzis.

Second language learning in the classroom. I also learned a lot about how I can learn languages, and applied this information to my experience as a student of Italian and German. It is written in such a way that anyone can read it. This is a completely revised and updated edition This prize-winning, readable introduction to research in language acquisition is recommended reading for second language teachers worldwide.

If you want to know more on these issues please come and read my blog at: Though, reading for pleasure seems to be the best way of increasing one’s vocabulary. I found myself taking lots of word-for-word notes because of how good the writing and the content were. However, I felt like I came away with less actionable information than I anticipated, and the study summaries, since they’re from a certain era, made the book feel dated.

This is the second or third intro-level book I’ve read on Second Language Acquisition, and it is the one I have liked the most. It’s the same as a monotoned professor going on and on, and you really end up only catching half of what’s said.


Edges in Syntax Heejeong Ko. Just because the language itself has hardly changed in the last century doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t stay abreast of new methods of teaching language. There are also a number of opportunities for you to practise some of the observation and analysis techniques which are used in the research described in the book. We acquire a lot of knowledge from books by reading, and we use it. So I’m at 3. Input is done, at first, and then output is done by learners.

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Still, it is a helpful reference for my postgraduate study. Easy read considering the topic is new and therefore challenging to many people.

The authors propose three stages of language skill – declarative knowledge, procedural knowledge and automatic knowledge. I found it very insightful about the way people acquire their first and second 3rd, 4th, etc.

View all 6 comments. Account Options Sign in. Take this list of English grammar points: This edition of the standard introductory work on this subject is over 20 pp. It is not because is written in a complicated manner, but because there’s so much I’ll like to know that is not possible to do it in one reading. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

The summaries of key studies were useful. I do think it had good information and good examples, but it certainly could have been better used. The text is divided into 7 chapters and follows a very natural pattern: Lajguages strong feature of this admirable book is its concise, clear summaries of important research findings.

Communication in the Language Classroom Tony Lynch. As they put it: Nevertheless, the book is simply packed with information that is also relevant to a student. Linguist, The Curious Person.


How Languages are Learned – Patsy Lightbown, Nina Spada – Oxford University Press

Diverse teaching methods combining both structure based grammar rules and communication based comprehension and producing speech and writing methods can also facilitate learning, wheres concentrating only one aspect of the language comprehensions, speaking etc. Her main areas of professional interest are second language acquisition, classroom research in L2 teaching and learning, and English as a Second Language.

Individual differences in second language learning. It was not what I wanted in that research has not yet definitively answered all my questions! It’s especially important for my fellow Latin teachers to read because Latin is in desperate need of revitalization.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. Sep 13, James Brawn rated it really liked it Shelves: It definitely would not look like any hoe like It pightbown mainly an academic book and useful to have a quick brush up on theories of language learning as it does not go much into the details of them but provides excellent list of books on the areas mentioned for further reading.

Oxford Handbooks for Language Teachers 1 – 10 of 27 books. This makes it especially suitable if you are a trainee teacher or a practising teacher working independently to develop your professional knowledge. This book ignited my interest in linguistics and the idea of SLA.

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