Foreign and Second Language Learning: Language Acquisition Research and Its Implications for the Classroom

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 26, 1984 - Foreign Language Study - 114 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
z Behaviourism and second language learning
17
The internal syllabus of the language learner
36
Accounting for differences between learners 5 1
51
Models of second language learning
69
Using a second language
81
Learning and teaching
90
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