Modelling and Assessing Second Language Acquisition

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Kenneth Hyltenstam, Manfred Pienemann
Multilingual Matters, 1985 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 400 pages
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This book forms an invaluable reference work for all teachers of second languages and researchers in the field of L2 acquisition. In the first section of the book, the authors of the various chapters discuss the contribution that modern research into L2 acquisition has to make in the curriculum development process. In particular, the book provides the reader with arguments for and against the various approaches to teaching. In the second part of the book, the contributors concern themselves with the various assessment tests and their validity, discussing them in particular on psycholinguistic grounds. They also discuss the political function of such assessment and how tests are used or abused in many different contexts around the world. 

 

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Contents

Guidance for the Family
3
Canadian Perspectives
15
Learnability and Syllabus Construction
23
Can Language Acquisition be Altered by Instruction?
101
Implications for Language
137
Learnability and Learner Strategies in Second Language Syntax
153
Learner Variations and the Teachability Hypothesis
177
Medium or Object Different Contexts of schoolbased Second
197
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