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Principles of Language Learning and Teaching

ISBN-10: 0130178160
ISBN-13: 9780130178169
Edition: 4th 2000
Authors: H. Douglas Brown
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Description: How do people learn a second language? For almost two decades, Principles of Language Learning and Teaching has been recognized as an exceptional guide to the theoretical foundations of language teaching. This new Fourth Edition offers an overview  More...

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List price: $51.33
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

How do people learn a second language? For almost two decades, Principles of Language Learning and Teaching has been recognized as an exceptional guide to the theoretical foundations of language teaching. This new Fourth Edition offers an overview of the study of Second Language Acquisition, while acting as a reference for the growing store-house of research, subfields, and specializations of SLA. New to the Fourth Edition: -- New topics, including constructivist approaches to SLA, emotional intelligence, the critical period hypothesis, language aptitude, strategies-based instruction (SBI), and more. -- Additional diagrams and charts to make this new edition more accessible, offering visual reference and support for key points. -- Updated chapter-ending vignettes to provide information on various pedagogical applications and implications of second language research. -- Improved end-of-chapter activities designed explicitly for in-class group work, pair work, whole-class discussion, and individual self-study. -- Revised and updated end-of-chapter suggestions for further reading.

Preface to the Fifth Edition
Language, Learning, and Teaching
Questions about Second Language Acquisition
Learner Characteristics
Linguistic Factors
Learning Processes
Age and Acquisition
Instructional Variables
Context
Purpose
Rejoicing in Our Defeats
Language
Learning and Teaching
Schools of Thought in Second Language Acquisition
Structural Linguistics and Behavioral Psychology
Generative Linguistics and Cognitive Psychology
Constructivism: A Multidisciplinary Approach
Nineteen Centuries of Language Teaching
Language Teaching in the Twentieth Century
Topics and Questions for Study and Discussion
Suggested Readings
Language Learning Experience: Journal Entry
Guidelines for Entry 1
Age Factors
First Language Acquisition
Theories of First Language Acquisition
Behavioral Approaches
Challenges to Behavioral Approaches
The Nativist Approach
Challenges to Nativist Approach
Functional Approaches
Issues in First Language Acquisition
Competence and Performance
Comprehension and Production
Nature or Nurture?
Universals
Systematicity and Variability
Language and Thought
Imitation
Practice and Frequency
Input
Discourse
First Language Acquisition Insights Applied to Language Teaching
Topics and Questions for Study and Discussion
Suggested Readings
Language Learning Experience: Journal Entry 2
Age and Acquisition
Dispelling Myths
Types of Comparison and Contrast
The Critical Period Hypothesis
Neurobiological Considerations
Hemispheric Lateralization
Biological Timetables
Right-Hemispheric Participation
Anthropological Evidence
The Significance of Accent
Cognitive Considerations
Affective Considerations
Linguistics Considerations
Bilingualism
Interference Between First and Second Languages
Order of Acquisition
Issues in First Language Acquisition Revisited
Competence and Performance
Comprehension and Production
Nature or Nurture?
Universals
Systematicity and Variability
Language and Thought
Imitation
Practice and Frequency
Input
Discourse
Some "Age-and-Acquisition-Inspired" Language Teaching Methods
Total Physical Response
The Natural Approach, 79
Topics and Questions for Study and Discussion
Suggested Readings
Language Learning Experience: Journal Entry 3
Psychological Factors
Human Learning
Learning and Training
Pavlov's Classical Behaviorism
Skinner's Operant Conditioning
Ausubel's Subsumption Theory
Rote vs. Meaningful Learning
Systematic Forgetting
Rogers's Humanistic Psychology
Types of Learning
Transfer, Interference, and Overgeneralization
Inductive and Deductive Reasoning
Language Aptitude
Intelligence and Language Learning
Learning Theories in Action: Two Language Teaching Methods in Contrast
The Audiolingual Method
Community Language Learning
Topics and Questions for Study and Discussion
Suggested Readings
Language Learning Experience: Journal Entry 4
Styles and Strategies
Process, Style, and Strategy
Learning Styles
Field Independence
Left- and Right-Brain Dominance
Ambigu

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