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Second Language Acquisition : Studies in Environment and History - Wolfgang Klein

Second Language Acquisition

Studies in Environment and History

Hardcover Published: 28th February 1986
ISBN: 9780521268790
Number Of Pages: 202

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This textbook presents an up-to-date account of the main concerns, problems and theoretical and practical issues raised by second language acquisition research. Research in this field has until recently been mainly pedagogically oriented, but since the 1970s linguists and psychologists have become increasingly interested in the principles that underlie second language acquisition for the light these throw on how human language processing functions in general. Moreover, it is only through an understanding of these principles that foreign language teaching can become maximally effective. In the first part of his book, Wolfgang Klein provides a critical assessment of the current state of the art. The second part, 'from the learner's point of view', is devoted to four central problems which anyone learning a second language (either through everyday communication or in the classroom) is faced with, and whose solution constitutes the acquisition process. This accessible introduction provides students of linguistics and applied linguistics and anyone concerned with foreign language teaching with a real understanding of the fundamental issues in the field, or the advances that have not yet been solved and sometimes not even approached.

The Process of Language Acquisition
Some forms of language acquisition, some fundamental facts, some focal issues, some well-known theories
Six dimensions of language acquisition
Some consequences for foriegn language instructions
From The Learner's Point of View
The learner's four tasks
The problem of analysis
The problem of synthesis
The embedding problem
The matching problem
Index of names
Index of subjects
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ISBN: 9780521268790
ISBN-10: 0521268796
Series: Studies in Environment and History
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 202
Published: 28th February 1986
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.47