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Key Terms in Second Language Acquisition


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1) Second Language Acquisition: An Overview; 1.1 What is SLA?; 1.2 Historical perspective; 2) Key theories in Second Language Acquisition: Theory, Research and Pedagogy; 2.1 Key Theories; 2.2 Implications for Teaching; 3) Key Terms in SLA; 4) Key Texts in SLA; 4.1 General Key texts.

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Bill VanPatten is Professor of Applied Linguistics and Second Language Studies at Texas Tech University. Alessandro G. Benati is Reader in Second Language Acquisition and Director of Research and Enterprise at the University of Greenwich, UK.


'The text presents definitions and reader-friendly summaries of key theories and thinkers in a complex field.'--Times Higher Education Supplement
'The succinct descriptions of the key terms and the overall slim and compact size of the book undoubtedly make this a handy reference source for students of SLA, helped by the lucid and accessible style in which it is written, and the simple linguistic examples used to illustrate the discussion.' --Sanford Lakoff
This is a well-crafted primer for the newcomer to the field of second language research. The discussion of key issues is clear and straightforward, and illustrated effectively with simple linguistic examples. The definitions of the key terms are equally good. The text provides an excellent point of entry to the more technical research reported in the specialist journals.--Sanford Lakoff
Key Terms in Second Language Acquisition is the text we've been waiting for to introduce students to the field of SLA. I used the manuscript in my introduction to SLA graduate seminar and found this to be the ideal book to help students appreciate and critique the major issues and questions that drive this burgeoning discipline. Students praised this text for being easy to read and digest and appreciated the handy key terms and up-to-date references. This book will quickly become a key text in all introductory SLA courses.--Sanford Lakoff
VanPatten (Texas Tech Univ.) and Benati (Univ. of Greenwich, UK) have written a book that will serve as a handy reference tool for students interested in the growing discipline of second language acquisition. [...] Summing Up Recommended. Upper-level undergraduates and graduate students.--Sanford Lakoff

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