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Theories in Second Language Acquisition

An Introduction, 2nd Edition

Edited by Bill VanPatten, Jessica Williams


296 pages

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The second edition of Theories in Second Language Acquisition seeks to build on the strengths of the first edition by surveying the major theories currently used in second language acquisition research. This volume is an ideal introductory text for undergraduate and graduate students in SLA and language teaching. Each chapter focuses on a single theory, written by a leading scholar in the field in an easy-to-follow style – a basic foundational description of the theory, relevant data or research models used with this theory, common misunderstandings, and a sample study from the field to show the theory in practice. This text is designed to provide a consistent and coherent presentation for those new to the field who seek basic understanding of theories that underlie contemporary SLA research. Researchers will also find the book useful as a "quick guide" to theoretical work outside their respective domains.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The Nature of Theories Bill VanPatten & Jessica Williams 2. Early Theories in SLA Bill VanPatten & Jessica Williams 3. Linguistic Theory, Universal Grammar and Second Language Acquisition Lydia White 4. One Functional Approach to SLA: The Concept-Oriented Approach Kathleen Bardovi-Harlig 5. Usage-Based Approaches to SLA Nick Ellis and Stefanie Wulff 6. Skill Acquisition Theory Robert DeKeyser 7. Input Processing in Adult SLA Bill VanPatten 8. The Declarative/Procedural Model: A Neurobiologically-Motivated Theory of First and Second Language Michael T. Ullman 9. Processability Theory Manfred Pienemann and Anke Lenzing 10. Input, Interaction and Output in Second Language Acquisition Susan Gass and Alison Mackey 11. Sociocultural Theory and Second Language Development James P. Lantolf, Steven L. Thorne, and Matthew E. Poehner 12. Complexity Theory Diane Larsen-Freeman 13. Second Language Learning Explained?: SLA Across Ten Contemporary Theories Lourdes Ortega

About the Editors

Bill VanPatten is Professor of Spanish and Second Language Acquisition at Michigan State University.

Jessica Williams is Professor of Linguisics at University of Illinois at Chicago.

About the Series

Second Language Acquisition Research Series

The Second Language Acquisition Research series presents and explores issues bearing directly on theory construction and/or research methods in the study of second language acquisition. Its titles (both authored and edited volumes) provide thorough and timely overviews of high-interest topics, and include key discussions of existing research findings and their implications. A special emphasis of the series is reflected in the monographs dealing with specific data collection methods or instruments.  Each of these monographs addresses the kinds of research questions for which the method/instrument is best suited, offers extended description of its use, and outlines the problems associated with its use. The volumes in this series will be invaluable to students and scholars alike, and perfect for use in courses on research methodology and in individual research.


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Subject Categories

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