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Second Language Educational Experiences for Adult Learners

1st Edition

By John M. Norris, John McE. Davis, Veronika Timpe-Laughlin


308 pages

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Second Language Educational Experiences for Adult Learners provides an up-to-date review of the theory and practice of adult second language education. The primary objective is to introduce core ideas that should inform the design, development, and delivery of language learning experiences that take the typical forms of materials, courses, teaching, and assessment. Divided into three sections, the book first addresses what we know about adult second language acquisition and how individuals may acquire languages differently from each other. In the second section, key educational design elements—from pedagogical methods to curriculum to assessment—are then introduced from the perspective of research-based understandings about effective practices. Rounding out the volume is an overview of critical issues for language educational innovation, including supporting teachers, localizing materials and instruction, evaluating and improving education, and working with technology. Each chapter concludes with a set of recommended “design principles” that should guide readers toward high-quality, valuable, and empirically supported language educational experiences. This volume will be of interest to researchers and students investigating instructed language learning, designers creating useful language learning materials, and language teaching innovators seeking to improve outcomes in diverse instructional settings around the world.


"This volume provides a clear, well-structured and up-to-date review of the major areas of research that shape language teaching, showing throughout their relevance for language education. The book will be required reading for researchers, administrators, designers of curricula, materials, tests and evaluations, and teachers and students alike. Well informed and lucid, consistently providing a balanced account, the authors should be congratulated on successfully relating theory to practice from beginning to end."

Martin Bygate, Lancaster University, UK

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction: Foundations for Designing Second Language Educational Experiences. Part 1. Second Language Acquisition and the Language Learner. Chapter 2. Second Language Learning Theories. Chapter 3. Learner Individual Differences—Static. Chapter 4. Learner Individual Differences—Dynamic. Part 2. Second Language Instruction, Assessment, and Educational Design. Chapter 5. Language Pedagogical Approaches. Chapter 6. Teaching Language Skills. Chapter 7. Assessment in Support of Language Learning and Teaching. Chapter 8. Approaches to Curriculum and Materials Development for Language Education. Chapter 9. Instructional Sequencing and Language Learning Progressions. Part 3. Second Language Educational Innovation and Support. Chapter 10. Localizing Language Education. Chapter 11. Supporting Teachers in Utilizing Language Learning Materials. Chapter 12. Monitoring and Improving Language Instruction. Chapter 13. Implications for Technology-Mediated Language Learning and Instruction.

About the Authors

John M. Norris is Principal Research Scientist in English language learning and assessment at the Educational Testing Service, USA.

John McE. Davis is Evaluation Specialist (Contractor, Yorktown Systems Group) at the Foreign Service Institute, U.S. Department of State.

Veronika Timpe-Laughlin is Associate Research Scientist in English language learning and assessment at the Educational Testing Service, USA.

About the Series

Innovations in Language Learning and Assessment at ETS

Series Editors: John Norris, James E. Purpura, Steven John Ross, and Xiaoming Xi

The goal of the Innovations in Language Learning and Assessment at ETS series is to publish books that document the development and validation of language assessments and that explore broader innovations related to language teaching and learning. Compiled by leading researchers, then reviewed by the series editorial board, volumes in the series provide cutting-edge research and development related to language learning and assessment in a format that is easily accessible to language teachers and applied linguists as well as testing professionals and measurement specialists.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General