Learning a Second Language Through Interaction

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John Benjamins Publishing, Jan 1, 1999 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 285 pages
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This book examines different theoretical perspectives on the role that interaction plays in second language acquisition. The principal perspectives are those afforded by the Interaction Hypothesis, Socio-Cultural Theory and the Levels of Processing model. Interaction is, therefore, defined broadly; it is seen as involving both intermental and intramental activity. The theoretical perspectives are explored empirically in a series of studies which investigate the relationship between aspects of interaction and second language acquisition. A number of these studies consider the effects of interaction on the acquisition of vocabulary (word meanings) by both adult and child L2 learners. In addition, the effects of language aptitude on input processing are considered. Further studies consider the contribution that interaction makes to the acquisition of grammatical knowledge. These studies provide clear evidence that social and intermental interaction are major forces in the acquisition of an L2. Finally, the book, considers a number of pedagogic specifications. In particular, the importance of discourse control as a means of learners' obtaining the quality of interaction likely to foster acquisition is discussed.
 

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Contents

Theoretical Perspectives on Interaction and Language Learning
3
Section 2
33
Modified Input and the Acquisition of Word meanings
63
Modified Output and the Acquisition of Word Meanings
115
Modified Input Language Aptitude and the Acquisition of Word
133
Learning Vocabulary Through Interacting With a Written Text
151
Interaction and Grammar Learning
171
Communicating About Grammar
189
Section 4
209
Section 5
231
References
259
Index
281
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Rod Ellis is Professor of Applied Language Studies in the University of Auckland and a visiting Professor at Shanghai International Studies University. His publications includes articles and books on second language acquisition, language teaching and teacher education. His most recent is The Study of Second Language Acquisition 2nd Edition (Oxford University Press, 2008). He is also editor of the journal Language Teaching Research.

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