This new title in the McGraw-Hill Second Language Professional Series provides an eminently accessible overview of key issues in second language acquisition research, written expressly for second language teachers. Avoiding highly technical jargon and terminology, the author gives a compelling account of current research while couching it within a framework that is of particular relevance to classroom practitioners. The result is an engaging reference that should be required reading for all language instructors and department heads. This book is also ideal for a teaching methods course or an introductory seminar on second language acquisition.
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Thoughtful Pause to consider boxes sprinkled throughout the text encourage the reader to reflect on information presented, often from a personal or experiential perspective.
Read More About It sections at the end of each chapter provide a list of additional readings, organized by topic, that students may wish to explore.
A special chapter on Frequently Asked Questions addresses those burning issues that teachers have long inquired about, such as 'Do learners develop bad habits if they aren't corrected?', 'Should I consider learning styles?', and so forth.
An Epilogue presents Implications for Teaching, thus showing the connection between research on acquisition and instruction.
A Glossary of Terms provides definitions of key words, concepts, and terminology.
Bill VanPatten is Associate Professor of Spanish at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Chanpaign, where he is Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese and the Advisor for the undergraduate program in Spanish teacher education. He received his Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1983. His areas of research are input and output processing in second language acquisition, the impact of instruction on second language acquisistion, and the acquisition of Spanish syntax and morphology. He teaches a wide range of courses from beginning Spanish to doctoral seminars on language acquisition. He has published numerous articles and chapters in books and is the co-author of several McGraw-Hill Spanish textbooks. He is also the designer of Destinos, a television course for PBS.
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