Learning Foreign and Second Languages
Perspectives in Research and Scholarship
Editor(s): Heidi Byrnes
Pages: viii & 322 pp.
"A thought-provoking combination of the theoretical and the practical. Highly recommended for all institutions with foreign language departments."
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This inaugural volume in the MLA series Teaching Languages, Literatures, and Cultures provides an overview of second language acquisition research. Is language a system of linguistic forms to be acquired by the study of grammar, or is language a means of communication, where students learn not by studying rules but by engaging straightaway in the use of language to convey meanings? Which approach is better in the classroom? The vibrant field of second language acquisition research is now carefully examining questions like these.
Written for a nonspecialized audience--for readers who share an interest in foreign language teaching and learning--Learning Foreign and Second Languages addresses both theory and methodology. Administrators, department chairs, curriculum and materials developers, teachers, and graduate students will find this collection of essays enlightening.
Table of Contents
LEARNING FOREIGN AND SECOND LANGUAGES
Introduction: Steps to an Ecology of Foreign Language Departments
Constructing Second Language Acquisition Research in Foreign Language Departments
Sociohistorical Perspectives on Language Teaching in the Modern United States
Elizabeth B. Bernhardt
Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, and Second Language Acquisition Theories
Approaches to Empirical Research in Instructional Language Settings
Kathleen M. Bailey
Cognitive Characteristics of Adult Second Language Learners
Acquiring Competence in a Second Language: Form and Function
Constraints and Resources in Classroom Talk: Issues of Equality and Symmetry
Leo van Lier
The Role of Technology in Second Language Learning
Robert J. Blake
Evaluation of Learning Outcomes in Second Language Acquisition: A Multiplism Perspective
Constructing Curricula in Collegiate Foreign Language Departments