A readable introduction to the main theories of first and second language acquisition, relating them to approaches to classroom methodology. This is a completely revised and updated edition of this readable introduction to the study of language acquisition. By understanding how languages are learned . How Languages are Learned, by Patsy Lightbown and Nina Spada. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. Author(s): Argyres, Zoe J.

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On the one hand, this was a valuable compendium of information on language acquisition, both first and second language. Patsy LightbownNina Margaret Spada. On a positive note, this book made me feel more emboldened to keep learning and keep forg It was just what I was looking for in that it gives a good overview of the prevailing theories around language acquisition. Oct 10, Dawn rated it really liked it Shelves: Nov 25, Mehrnaz Memar rated it really liked it Shelves: As I was reading the different theories, it sounded like all the theoretician were standing in the same dark room with an elephant, each touching and discovering one part of it llightbown their intuition.

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How Languages are Learned

PaperbackThird Editionpages. It’s the necessary prequel to any teacher program regarding SLA. You could leadned just read this chapter to access all the major points of the book.

LightbownNina Spada. My first book about this topic, but it really helped me grasp a bit about the introduction to its main points. I learned so much and have even read chapters twice or gone back ligtbown look up more information. I think it is a good introductory book on the topic.

Apr 10, David Fox rated it it was ok. She writes in order to make herself understood and not to sound intellectual. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Second language learning in the classroom. This was required reading for a summer ESL endorsement course I’m taking. I do think it had good information and good examples, but it certainly could have been better used.


It is mainly an academic book and useful to have a quick brush up on theories of language learning as it does not go much into the details of them but provides excellent list of books on the areas mentioned for further reading.

Age is a very useful book for ESL teachers and novice language teachers.

How Languages are Learned by Patsy M. Lightbown

Her research focuses on how instruction and feedback affect second-language acquisition in classrooms where the emphasis is on “communicative” or “content-based” language teaching. Jan 23, Oliver Shaw rated it really liked it. I feel I have to read it twice to grasp it all. This makes it especially suitable if you are a trainee teacher or a practising teacher working independently to develop your professional knowledge. The text is divided into 7 chapters and follows a very natural pattern: I found it informative and interesting.

On a positive note, this book made me feel more emboldened to keep learning and keep forging ahead. Input is done, at first, and then output is done by learners. Edges in Syntax Heejeong Ko. May 02, Shunsuke Matsui rated it it was amazing. Nov 01, Pam Dise-Moran rated it really liked it. This is a completely revised and updated edition Linguistic books often carry many heavy technical terms and can lose the general audience and the intended audience as well!

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A bit torn on the number of stars for this languagrs. Extra activities, study questions, and videos are available online at www. Oxford Handbooks for Language Teachers.

I found myself taking lots of word-for-word notes because of how good the writing and the content were. I will be probably re-reading this book during the summer. One of the theories covered in the book is that language learners develop an intralangue as they progress, their working hypothesis on how a language works. Each title is intended to serve both as a basis for courses and seminars, and as a longer-term reference text for the working teacher’s bookshelf.


Nevertheless, the book is simply packed with information that is also relevant to a student. Sure you could go sideways here and there, but nothing ventured, nothing gained.

How Languages are Learned provides a clear introduction to the main theories of first and second language acquisition and, with the help of activities and questionnaires, discusses their practical impllications for language teaching. Apr 26, Bunmi Esho rated it really liked it.

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Unlike many introductions to the field of language acquisition research, How Languages are Learned does not assume that you are already familiar with research methods or theories. Since I didn’t have an opportunity to start learning Spanish until I was already 14 and a lost cause according to manymy favorite part of this book was where they point out that children actually take years to acquire a language, we are far more patient with them and many older learners acquire language astonishingly quickly!

I had to read this for my UMass class on Methods of Teaching the Latin Language, and am so glad because it was full of great insights. May 21, Michelle rated it really liked it. It is reader friendly with clear examples.

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