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Key Questions in Second Language Acquisition

Key Questions in Second Language Acquisition
An Introduction


  • Publication planned for: December 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from December 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108486668

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  • This highly accessible introductory textbook carefully explores the main issues that have driven the field of second language acquisition research. Intended for students with little or no background in linguistics or psycholinguistics, it explains important linguistic concepts, and how and why they are relevant to second language acquisition. Topics are presented via a 'key questions' structure that enables the reader to understand how these questions have motivated research in the field, and the problems to which researchers are seeking solutions. It provides a complete package for any introductory course on second language acquisition.

    • Written in a clear and reader-friendly style, necessary terms are clearly defined and technical jargon is avoided
    • Readers are asked to periodically stop and consider a particular issue before continuing within each chapter
    • Research questions are traced to their origin by using both historic and contemporary case studies as model examples, allowing students to see the 'bigger picture'
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: December 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108486668
    • dimensions: 246 x 189 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from December 2019
  • Table of Contents

    1. What are the origins of second language acquisition as a research field?
    2. What does development look like?
    3. What are the roles of input and output?
    4. What is the initial state?
    5. Can L2 learners become native-like?
    6. Does instruction make a difference?
    7. What role does explicit learning play in acquisition?
    8. What are individual differences and how do they affect L2 acquisition?

  • Authors

    Bill VanPatten
    Bill VanPatten was formerly Professor of Spanish and Second Language Studies at Michigan State University and is now an independent scholar. He has had a long and distinguished academic career and has published widely in the fields of second language acquisition and second language teaching.

    Megan Smith, Mississippi State University
    Megan Smith is an Assistant Professor at Mississippi State University. Her main research interests are in second language acquisition, particularly L2 syntax and psycholinguistics.

    Alessandro G. Benati, American University of Sharjah, UAE
    Alessandro G. Benati is Head of the English Department and Professor of English and Applied Linguistics at the American University of Sharjah. He is visiting and honorary professor at the York St John University and the University of Portsmouth.

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