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A readable introduction to the main theories of first and second language acquisition, relating them to approaches to classroom methodology. This is a completely revised and updated edition of this readable introduction to the study of language acquisition. By understanding how languages are learned . How Languages are Learned, by Patsy Lightbown and Nina Spada. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. Author(s): Argyres, Zoe J.

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Being a successful language learner myself, I could clearly see the significance of each of these theories in my learning. I think that reading is more important than other skills.

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This is the second or third intro-level book I’ve read on Second Language Acquisition, and it is the one I have liked the most. How Languages are Learned Oxford handbooks for language teachers. Unlike many introductions to the field of language acquisition research, How Languages are Learned does not assume that you are already familiar with research methods or theories. English learners like us should know how to learn languages.

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This isn’t an exhaustive guide to that topic, but rather a good introduction to whet you appetite. This was required reading for a summer ESL endorsement course I’m taking. Language learning in early childhood.

May 02, Shunsuke Matsui rated it it was amazing. Even the apparently obvious point that children find it easier to learn languages is only weakly backed up by research. Still, it is a helpful reference for my postgraduate study.


It has taught me A LOT. How Languages are Learned Patsy M.

How Languages are Learned – Patsy Lightbown, Nina Spada – Oxford University Press

Some exceptional cases can exhibit even near native-level performance no matter the learning methodology but for most cases near native-level performance is only achievable if learning had begun before the age of So I’m at 3.

As I was reading the different theories, it sounded like all the theoretician were standing in the same dark room with an elephant, each touching and discovering one part of it using their intuition. An excellent book for smart advanced learners of English And according to studies, a new word needs to be seen at least 16 times to be remembered, although activates that require them to attend carefully to new words and use them in production tasks might speed up the process of learning.

Her research focuses on how instruction and feedback affect second-language acquisition in classrooms where the emphasis is on “communicative” or “content-based” language teaching.

How Languages are Learned

Easy read considering the topic is new and therefore challenging to many people. I’ll definitely reread it. This makes it especially suitable if you are a trainee teacher or a practising teacher working independently to develop your professional knowledge. Input is done, at first, and then output is done by learners. An introduction to the main theories of first and second language acquisition now in a new, updated edition.

Automatic knowledge is procedural knowledge that is refined to a point that it stops being a conscious effort.

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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I feel I have to read it twice to grasp it all. Provides a link between theories on language acquisition and approaches and methodology in language teaching, and discusses practical implications On the one hand, this was a valuable compendium of information on language acquisition, both first and second language.


How Languages Are Learned, 4th edn. Dec 29, MrsMJ rated it it was amazing Shelves: I found it very insightful about the way people acquire their first and second 3rd, 4th, etc. Surely we could learn quite a lot about deep structure, including aree there is really much evidence for it in the first place, by comparing surveys like that across different or indeed similar languages?

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I had to read this for my UMass class on Methods of Teaching the Latin Language, and am so glad because it was full of great insights. Lightbown and Spada do a well-done job in outlining many different ELL characteristics and learning styles. Aug 16, Edy rated it really liked it Shelves: Other books in the series. Pstsy research was explained in a thorough and thoughtful way.

If you want to leadned more on these issues please come and read my blog at: This edition of the standard introductory work on this subject is over 20 pp.