How does classroom language learning take place? How does an understanding of second language acquisition contribute to language teaching? In answering these questions, Rod Ellis reviews a wide range of research on classroom learning, developing a theory of instructed second language acquisition which has significant implications for language teaching. The early chapters of this book trace the attempts to explain classroom language learning in terms of general theory of learning (behaviorism) and the study of naturalistic language learning. The middle chapters document the attempts of researchers to enter the "black box" of the classroom in order to describe the teaching-learning behaviors that take place there and to investigate to what extent and in what ways instruction results in acquisition. The book concludes with a theory of classroom language learning. This theory advances an explanation of the relationship between explicit and implicit linguistic knowledge and in so doing accounts for how both form-focused and meaning-focused instruction contribute to second language acquisition in the classroom.
"For those of us involved in teaching second language learners, Rod Ellis's Instructed Second Language Acquisition is a timely and thorough review of the current picture." Manny Vazquez, Hounslow Language Service
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1. Investigating Classroom Language Learning.
2. Behaviourist Learning Theory and Classroom Language Learning.
3. Naturalistic Language Learning and Classroom Language Learning.
4. Classroom Process Research.
5. The Relationship between Classroom Interaction and Language Learning.
6. Formal Instruction and Language Learning.
7. A Theory of Classroom Language Learning.
8. Final Comments.