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Introducing Second Language Acquisition

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  • Date Published: December 2016
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316603925

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  • Providing a solid foundation in second language acquisition, this book has become the leading introduction to the subject for students of linguistics, psychology and education, and trainee language teachers. Now in its third edition, the textbook offers comprehensive coverage of fundamental concepts, including second language acquisition (SLA) in adults and children, in formal and informal learning contexts, and in diverse socio-cultural settings, and takes an interdisciplinary approach, encouraging students to consider SLA from linguistic, psychological and social perspectives. Each chapter contains a list of key terms, a summary, and a range of graded exercises suitable for self-testing and class discussion. The third edition has been revised throughout, and features new material on the practical aspects of teaching language, along with updated online resources, including new classroom activities to accompany each chapter, as well as updated references and further reading suggestions.

    • The third edition has been revised throughout, featuring new material on the practical aspects of teaching language and updated references and further reading suggestions
    • The online resources have been updated, including new classroom activities to accompany each chapter
    • Offers balanced, interdisciplinary coverage of the linguistic, psychological and social aspects of second language acquisition
    • Includes key terms, chapter previews and chapter summaries, creating a coherent structure across the different topics
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    "… combines great clarity of exposition, a focus on the linguistics of second language acquisition, and an effort to integrate diverse theoretical perspectives into a complex understanding of second language acquisition as a whole - all in less than 300 pages. While billed as a textbook for undergraduates, this text could easily be used in graduate-level introductory courses in second language acquisition. The chapter-ending discussion questions and activities, as well as a handy glossary of terms, make this more than just a textbook, however: it provides many of the materials needed to design an introductory course in the subject."
    Dwight Atkinson, University of Arizona

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    Product details

    • Edition: 3rd Edition
    • Date Published: December 2016
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316603925
    • length: 244 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 174 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.51kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus. 2 colour illus. 23 tables 63 exercises
    • availability: In stock
  • 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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    Muriel Saville-Troike, Karen Barto

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    Muriel Saville-Troike, University of Arizona
    Muriel Saville-Troike is Professor Emerita of the University of Arizona, and was 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. Saville-Troike is a past President of TESOL, and was made a Distinguished Scholar by the American Educational Research Association Standing Committee on the Role and Status of Minorities in Educational Research.

    Karen Barto, University of Arizona
    Karen Barto holds an interdisciplinary PhD in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching from the University of Arizona, and is a Content Developer and Lecturer at the university's Center for English as a Second Language. She has taught French, English applied linguistics and English as a second language in several contexts. She has designed, developed and taught teacher training classes and programs, as well as conducting linguistic and psycholinguistic research. Also an avid student of foreign language herself, she has studied French, German, Italian, Spanish, Lao and Latin.

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