Thought to be the first book to concentrate on the differences - rather than the similarities - between second-language learners, this considers factors of aptitude, motivation, strategies and personality. The findings are summarized and evaluated, and the author concludes with suggestions for practical application and the ways in which the research can be integrated with theories of second-language learning. The book should be of interest to lecturers and students involved with MA or PGCE courses in TEFL, ESOL, and applied linguistics.
The book is recommended for various reasons: it is easy to read and very well documented; a critical account of a wide range of ID studies is given; applications for classroom research are suggested, a factor which enhances its relevancy to language teachers; many suggestions are given for further research. -- Second Language Research Overall, Skehan provides us with a very thoughtful, incisive, and provocative review and synthesis of the research on individual differences, with many useful suggestions for further work in this area which, if taken up as they should be, will surely cure the general state of neglect in which the author finds this important area of second language research. -- Applied Linguistics The breadth of approach and accessibility of this...introductory text make it a strong candidate to capture the lecturers' recommended lists and the minds of their students. -- Personality and Individual Differences The breath of approach and accessibility of this new introductory text make it a strong candidate to capture the lectures' recommended lists and the minds of their students. -- Personality And Individual Differences
Theoretical foundations; methodological considerations; language aptitude; motivation; language learning strategies; additional cognitive and affective influences on language learning; interactions; conlusions and implications.
Series: Second Language Acquisition Series
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 1st March 1989
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.97
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 1