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Second Language Learning Theories

Fourth Edition, 4th Edition

By Rosamond Mitchell, Florence Myles, Emma Marsden


444 pages | 33 B/W Illus.

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Written by a team of leading experts working in different SLA specialisms, this fourth edition is a clear and concise introduction to the main theories of second language acquisition (SLA) from multiple perspectives, comprehensively updated to reflect the very latest developments SLA research in recent years.

The book covers all the main theoretical perspectives currently active in SLA and sets each chapter within a broader framework. Each chapter examines the claims and scope of each theory and how each views language, the learner and the acquisition process, supplemented by summaries of key studies and data examples from a variety of languages. Chapters end with an evaluative summary of the theories discussed. Key features to this fourth edition include updated accounts of developments in cognitive approaches to second language (L2) learning, the implications of advances in generative linguistics and the "social turn" in L2 research, with re-worked chapters on functional, sociocultural and sociolinguistic perspectives, and an entirely new chapter on theory integration, in addition to updated examples using new studies.

Second Language Learning Theories continues to be an essential resource for graduate students in second language acquisition.

Table of Contents

1. Second Language Learning: Key Concepts and Issues

2. The Recent History of Second Language Learning Research

3. Linguistics and Language Learning: the Universal Grammar Approach

4. Cognitive Approaches to Second Language Learning (1): General Learning Mechanisms

5. Cognitive Approaches to Second Language Learning (2): Memory Systems, Explicit Knowledge, and Skill Learning

6. Interaction in Second Language Learning

7. Meaning-Based Perspectives on Second Language Learning

8. Sociocultural Perspectives on Second Language Learning

9. Sociolinguistic Perspectives

10. Integrating Theoretical Perspectives on Second Language Learning

11. Conclusion

About the Authors

Rosamond Mitchell is Emeritus Professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of Southampton, UK.

Florence Myles is Professor of Second Language Acquisition at the University of Essex, UK.

Emma Marsden is Professor at the Centre for Research into Language Learning and Use at the University of York, UK.

Subject Categories

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