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Theories in Second Language Acquisition An Introduction

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ISBN-10: 0805857389

ISBN-13: 9780805857382

Edition: 2006

Authors: Bill VanPatten, Jessica Williams, Allan F. Williams

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i Theories in Second Language Acquisition /i surveys the major theoretical approaches currently used in second language acquisition (SLA) research, providing a systematic and coherent presentation in a single source. Each chapter follows a consistent chapter model constructed around the same set of questions, including "What is the Theory?" "What are the major constructs?" "What counts as evidence?" "What are the common misunderstandings about the theory?" The answers to these questions are written at a basic level by a leading expert in the respective theoretical model. As a result, the volume as a whole presents complex ideas in an accessible manner. br br The book's methodical format allows for easy comparison of approaches. Topics of discussion throughout include: br *early theories in SLA; br *linguistic theory, universal grammar, and SLA; br *the concept-oriented approach; br *the associative-cognitive creed; br *skill acquisition theory; and br *processibility theory and autonomous induction. br br Intended to serve as an introductory textbook for advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate students, i Theories in Second Language Acquisition /i is an exceptionally thorough resource that effectively expounds the theoretical foundations of the field.
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Book details

List price: $51.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 9/26/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

Bill VanPatten is Associate Professor of Spanish at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Chanpaign, where he is Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese and the Advisor for the undergraduate program in Spanish teacher education. He received his Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1983. His areas of research are input and output processing in second language acquisition, the impact of instruction on second language acquisistion, and the acquisition of Spanish syntax and morphology. He teaches a wide range of courses from beginning Spanish to doctoral seminars on language acquisition. He has published numerous articles and chapters in books and is the co-author of several McGraw-Hill Spanish textbooks. He is also the designer of Destinos, a television course for PBS.

Contents:Preface.nbsp;B. VanPatten,nbsp;J. Williams,Introduction: The Nature of Theories.B. VanPatten,nbsp;J. Williams,nbsp;Early Theories in Second Language Acquisition.nbsp;L. White,nbsp;Linguistic Theory, Universal Grammar, and Second Languagenbsp;Acquisition.K. Bardovi-Harlig,One Functional Approach to Second Language Acquisition: The Concept-Oriented Approach.N.C. Ellis,The Associative-Cognitive CREED.nbsp;R. DeKeyser,Skill Acquisition Theory.nbsp;B. VanPatten,nbsp;Input Processing in Adult Second Language Acquisition.M. Pienemann,Processability Theory.S.E. Carroll,Autonomous Induction Theory. S.M. Gass,nbsp;A. Mackey,Input, Interaction, and Output in Second Language Acquisition.J.P. Lantolf, S.L. Thorne,Sociocultural Theory and Second Language Learning.L. Ortega,Second Language Learning Explained? SLA Across Nine Contemporary Theories.