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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Each title is intended to serve both as a basis for courses and seminars, and as a learnned reference text for the working teacher’s bookshelf. Easy read considering the topic ,ightbown new and therefore challenging to many people. I found the content of this textbook to be quite extensive, sometimes contradictory and always thought-provoking.

There is a Glossary to explain new and technical terms used in the book. LightbownNina Spada No preview available – Edges in Syntax Heejeong Ko. Technology Enhanced Language Learning.

Oxford University Lighybown is a department of the University of Oxford. This is a fantastic introduction to both aspects of language learning. This book serves as a nice contrast to “Literacies” by Cope and Kalantzis. It has taught me A LOT. Jan 23, Oliver Shaw rated it really liked it. Still, it is a helpful reference for my postgraduate study.

I haven’t read prior versions, so I can’t compare, but the Her main areas alnguages professional interest are second language acquisition, classroom research in L2 teaching and learning, and English as a Second Language.

It’s the same as a monotoned professor going on and on, and you really end up only catching half of what’s said. Teaching with Technology Participant Code Card.

How languages are learned. Feb 16, bartosz rated it really liked it Shelves: It was not what I wanted now that research has not yet definitively answered all my questions! Oxford Handbooks for Language Teachers.


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. This series is designed to provide a source of reference for both language teachers and teacher trainers. Thanks for telling us about the problem. I found it informative and interesting. I also learned a lot lfarned how I can learn languages, and applied this information to my experience as a student of Italian and German.

The writting felt really didatic and well structured, and I shall be returning to it for future references.

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Account Options Sign in. Sep 13, James Brawn rated it really liked it Shelves: Provides a link between theories on language acquisition and approaches and methodology in language teaching, and discusses practical implications for the classroom, using activities and projects.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. A readable introduction to the main theories of first and second language acquisition, relating them to approaches to classroom methodology and practice.

It is written in a clear, readable style without unnecessary technical jargon – this has helped to make it a standard text for trainee teachers throughout the world. 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.

This book ignited my interest in linguistics and the idea of SLA. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

How Languages are Learned

No eBook available Amazon. On the one hand, this was a valuable compendium of information on language acquisition, both first and second language. Apr 26, Bunmi Esho rated it really liked it.

The book is dedicated to teachers, and as such, offers superfluous information for a person simply interested in learning. Linguist, The Curious Person. View all 6 comments. It is reader friendly with clear examples. By understanding how languages are learned, teachers will be more able to judge the merits of different teaching methodologies and textbooks, and make the most of the time they spendwith learners.


Communication in the Language Classroom Tony Lynch. A strong feature of this admirable book is its concise, clear summaries of important research findings.

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Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Academic Skip to main content. The research was explained in a thorough and thoughtful way.

Oxford Learnec for Language Teachers 1 – 10 of 27 books. The contexts for her work have included elementary school Patsy M. I feel I have to read it twice to grasp it all. If anything, the book equivocates more than it has to. Studies have also shown, however, that students may reach a point from which they fail to make further progress on some features of the second language unless they also have access to guided instruction.

May 17, Jeff rated it lanuages was amazing Recommends it for: Since I didn’t have an opportunity to start learning Spanish until I was already 14 and a lost cause according to manymy favorite part of this book was where they point out that children actually take years to acquire a language, we are far more patient with them and many older learners acquire language astonishingly quickly!