- Series: Oxford Handbooks for Language Teachers
- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 4 edition (March 21, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0194541266
- ISBN-13: 978-0194541268
- Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 0.6 x 6.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 56 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How Languages Are Learned, 4th edn. P. Lightbrown & N. Spada. (2013) Oxford U. Press. ISBN 978-0-19-454126-8; 256pp+. This edition of the standard introductory work on this subject is over 20 pp. longer than the 3rd edition. A strong feature of this admirable book is its concise, clear summaries of important research findings. The chapters are; Language learning in early childhood, Second language learning (SLL), Individual differences in SLL, Explaining SLL, Observing learning and teaching in the SL classroom, SLL in the classroom, and Popular ideas about language learning revisited. Extra activities, study questions, and videos are available online at www.oup.com/elt/teacher/hlal * The Teacher Trainer Journal, Vol 29/3 *
About the Author
Patsy M. Lightbown is Distinguished Professor Emerita at Concordia University in Montreal and Past President of the American Association for Applied Linguistics. 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. The contexts for her work have included elementary schools in Canada and, more recently, dual-language bilingual classes in the U.S. Nina Spada is Professor of Applied Linguistics at the Modern Language Centre, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, Canada. Her main areas of professional interest are second language acquisition, classroom research in L2 teaching and learning, and English as a Second Language.
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This book is based on research. It cites that research and gives you a starting point for doing additional reading. That's what's so fantastic about it. Most TxFL/TxSL books just claim things, and you never know if that's based on research, and if so, what. It could just be advice that some esteemed Lg teacher once said, and countless generations of teachers and seminars have been repeating since then (like the so-called 80-20 rule, which has no basis in fact, particularly for early LLs).
Some Lx (linguistics) and language acquisition knowledge will help you to appreciate this. If you're teaching English or whatever Lg, you should either have that knowledge, or you might use this book to ease yourself into it.