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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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 languxges learners.

Looking forward to reading the other books from the Oxford series of handbooks for Language teachers. It’s the same as a monotoned professor going on and on, and you really end up only catching half of what’s said. I found it informative and interesting. A strong feature of this admirable book is its concise, clear summaries of important research findings.

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This makes it especially suitable if you are a trainee teacher or a practising teacher working independently to develop your professional knowledge. LightbownNina Spada Snippet view – The contexts for her work have included elementary schools in Canada and, more recently, dual-language bilingual classes in the U.

No eBook available Amazon. I had to read this for my UMass hoe on Methods of Teaching the Latin Language, and am so glad because it lahguages full of great insights.

Technology Enhanced Language Learning. Provides a link between theories on language acquisition and approaches and methodology in language teaching, and discusses practical implications How languages are learned Oxford handbooks for language teachersUniversity of Oxford.


It definitely would not look like any thing like these sorts of books. Quotes from How Languages are Lightboqn language learning in the classroom. View all 6 comments. This prize-winning, readable introduction to research in language acquisition is recommended reading for second language teachers worldwide.

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I haven’t read prior versions, so I can’t compare, but the Nevertheless, the book is simply packed with information that is also relevant to a student.

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As they put it: Reliability in Pragmatics E. Still, it is a helpful reference for my postgraduate study. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford.

How Languages are Learned provides a clear introduction to the main theories of first and second language acquisition and, with the help of activities and questionnaires, discusses their practical paty for language teaching.

Sep 13, James Brawn rated it really liked it Shelves: Linguist, The Curious Person. I also learned a lot about how I can learn languages, and applied this information to my experience as a student of Italian and German. So I’m at 3. Most adult students never achieve near-native pronunciation, although there are exceptions, and according to studies stress and rhythm are more important for understanding than pronunciation itself.

Unlike many introductions to the field of language acquisition research, How Languages leagned Learned does not assume that you are already familiar with research methods or theories. I ligutbown both the 4th and 3rd editions of this book. So I only needed to know the theories of the second language learning for two reasons: The contexts for her work have included elementary schools in Canada and, more recently, dual-language bilingual classes in lgihtbown U.


Buy one or the other. Lfarned we could learn quite a lot about deep structure, including whether there is really much evidence for it in the first place, by comparing surveys like that across different or indeed similar languages? Since I didn’t have an opportunity to start learning Spanish until I was llanguages 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!

How Languages are Learned

Each title is intended to serve both as a basis for courses and seminars, and as a longer-term reference pasty for the working teacher’s bookshelf. Explaining second language learning. Many of these examples are taken directly from real first and second language classrooms.

But I didn’t feel that researchers had got much beyond accumulating data. This was required reading for a summer ESL endorsement course I’m taking. Take this list of English grammar points: Input is done, at first, and then output is done by learners.

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