Theories in Second Language Acquisition

An Introduction

Edited by Bill VanPatten, Bill VanPatten, Jessica Williams, Jessica Williams

© 2007 – Routledge

272 pages

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About the Book

Theories in Second Language Acquisition surveys the major theoretical approaches currently used in second language acquisition (SLA) research, providing a systematic and coherent presentation in a single source. Each chapter follows a consistent chapter model constructed around the same set of questions, including "What is the Theory?" "What are the major constructs?" "What counts as evidence?" "What are the common misunderstandings about the theory?" The answers to these questions are written at a basic level by a leading expert in the respective theoretical model. As a result, the volume as a whole presents complex ideas in an accessible manner.

The book’s methodical format allows for easy comparison of approaches. Topics of discussion throughout include:

*early theories in SLA;

*linguistic theory, universal grammar, and SLA;

*the concept-oriented approach;

*the associative-cognitive creed;

*skill acquisition theory; and

*processibility theory and autonomous induction.

Intended to serve as an introductory textbook for advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate students, Theories in Second Language Acquisition is an exceptionally thorough resource that effectively expounds the theoretical foundations of the field.

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface. B. VanPatten, J. Williams, Introduction: The Nature of Theories. B. VanPatten, J. Williams, Early Theories in Second Language Acquisition. L. White, Linguistic Theory, Universal Grammar, and Second Language Acquisition. K. Bardovi-Harlig, One Functional Approach to Second Language Acquisition: The Concept-Oriented Approach. N.C. Ellis, The Associative-Cognitive CREED. R. DeKeyser, Skill Acquisition Theory. B. VanPatten, Input Processing in Adult Second Language Acquisition. M. Pienemann, Processability Theory. S.E. Carroll, Autonomous Induction Theory. S.M. Gass, A. Mackey,Input, Interaction, and Output in Second Language Acquisition. J.P. Lantolf, S.L. Thorne, Sociocultural Theory and Second Language Learning. L. Ortega, Second Language Learning Explained? SLA Across Nine Contemporary Theories.

About the Editors

Bill VanPatten, recently of the University of Illinois at Chicago, has published widely in the fields of second language acquisition and second language teaching. His research interests include input processing, second and bilingual sentence processing, and the effects of instruction.

Jessica Williams is a professor in the Applied Linguistics/TESOL program in the Department of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is director of the ESL composition program and less commonly taught languages. Her research areas include lexical acquisition, the effect of instruction, and second language writing, with a particular focus on writing centers.

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