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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Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. I really struggled to finish this.

The book concludes with a chapter summarizing the various popular mis- conceptions related to language learning. 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.

This book is awesome. There is a Glossary to explain new and technical terms used in the book.

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Technology Enhanced Language Learning. You could actually just read this chapter to access all the major points of the book. This book serves as a nice contrast to “Literacies” by Cope and Kalantzis. Account Options Sign in. Diverse teaching methods combining both structure based grammar rules and communication based comprehension and producing speech and writing methods can also facilitate learning, wheres concentrating only one aspect of the languahes comprehensions, speaking etc.

Apr 26, Bunmi Esho rated it really liked it. I had to read this for my UMass class on Methods of Teaching the Latin Language, and am This is a must-read for every language teacher.


I learned so much and have even read chapters twice or gone back to look up more information. Linguistic books often carry many heavy technical terms and can lose the general audience and the intended audience as well! Loghtbown, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. This is a must-read for every language teacher. Popular ideas about language learning revisited. PaperbackThird Editionpages.

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The authors propose three stages of language skill – declarative knowledge, procedural knowledge and automatic knowledge. The contexts for her work have included elementary schools in Canada and, more recently, kearned bilingual classes in the U.

It’s the same as a monotoned professor going on and on, and you really end up only catching half of what’s said. This series is designed to provide a source of reference for both language teachers and teacher trainers.

Communication in the Language Classroom Tony Lynch. Easy read considering the topic is new and therefore challenging to many people. LightbownNina Spada Snippet view – Jan 23, Oliver Shaw rated it really liked it.

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. Buy one or the other. Latin Suffixal Derivatives in English D. You’re wasting your money if you buy both.

How Languages are Learned

Patsy LightbownNina Margaret Spada. Want to Read saving…. Reliability in Pragmatics E. I really appreciate the amount of work that must have been put laerned writing the book, yet despite the scientific rigor the book doesn’t have a scholar as its target.


The book is dedicated to teachers, and as such, offers superfluous information for a person simply interested in learning. Languges learning in early childhood. This makes it especially suitable if you are a trainee teacher or a practising teache An introduction to the main theories of learnned and second language acquisition now in a new, updated edition.

Dec 25, Maud rated it really liked it Shelves: Slightly odd that irregular past tense should be learned before regular past tense; but there you go. Being a successful language learner myself, I could clearly see the significance of each of these theories in my learning. Take this list of English grammar points: This is a completely revised and updated edition I’ll definitely reread it. It is written in such a way that anyone can read it. Oxford Handbooks for Language Teachers.

We acquire a lot of knowledge from books by reading, languagee we use it. Jul 16, Princess rated it really liked it.