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Introducing Second Language Acquisition

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  • Date Published: May 2012
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  • isbn: 9781139368827
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  • Written for students encountering the topic for the first time, this is a clear and practical introduction to second language acquisition (SLA). Using non-technical language, it explains how a second language is acquired; what the learner of a second language needs to know; and why some learners are more successful than others. This new edition of Muriel Saville-Troike's bestselling textbook introduces in a step-by-step fashion a range of fundamental concepts, such as SLA in adults and children, in formal and informal learning contexts and in diverse socio-cultural settings. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, it encourages students to consider SLA from linguistic, psychological and social perspectives. Providing a solid foundation in SLA, this book has become the leading introduction to the field for students of linguistics, psychology and education, and trainee language teachers.

    • Gives clear explanations of the linguistic, psychological and social aspects of second language acquisition
    • Each chapter follows the same format of 'how', 'what' and 'why' so that students learn progressively through the text
    • Contains the essential tools for teaching and learning, including key terms, 'Questions for self-study' and 'Questions for active learning', as well as pointers to further reading
    • Supplementary online resources include additional activities, further reading suggestions and teaching tips for instructors
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    'Just what everyone teaching second language acquisition has been waiting for – a truly undergraduate textbook. It explains the terms regularly used by those in the field but not always understood by beginners. It is non-partisan in its approach, well organized, clearly laid out and provides good, worked-through examples. A most welcome addition – it is the first truly 'joined up' work in the field!' Vera Regan, University College Dublin

    'An excellent text, useful to a wide range of students, not only to those in undergraduate linguistics programs, but to beginning graduate students in education too.' Robert Bayley, University of Texas, San Antonio

    '… a useful resource for both undergraduate and graduate students who would like to know more about the learning process and language acquisition and the teachers who need to explain these to them.' Asian EFL Journal

    'By structuring an SLA course around the main questions the field investigates, Saville-Troike focuses students' attention on the important issues that illuminate the study of SLA. The adaptable nature of the book also makes it ideal for courses that include both undergraduate and graduating students, and for courses that have both students who intend to continue taking courses in SLA, and those who do not. Saville-Troike's text is a timely and welcome addition to the profession.' Wynne Wong, Ohio State University

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    09th Jan 2015 by Treberbell

    This book is a wonderful introduction to the field of second language acquisition for advanced undergraduate students or beginning graduate students in programs related to linguistics and languages.

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    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: May 2012
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781139368827
    • contains: 7 b/w illus. 2 colour illus. 24 tables 63 exercises
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introducing second language acquisition
    2. Foundations of second language acquisition
    3. The linguistics of second language acquisition
    4. The psychology of second language acquisition
    5. Social contexts of second language acquisition
    6. Acquiring knowledge for L2 use
    7. L2 learning and teaching.

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    • ALDS Second Language Acquisition
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    Muriel Saville-Troike, University of Arizona
    Muriel Saville-Troike is Professor Emerita from the University of Arizona, named Regents' Professor of English before her retirement. She has made significant contributions to the fields of sociolinguistics and applied linguistics and has previously held posts at Texas A&M University, the University of Texas, Georgetown University and the University of Illinois. Her previous publications include The Ethnography of Communication: An Introduction, 3rd edition (2003).

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