Mind and Context in Adult Second Language Acquisition: Methods, Theory, and Practice

Mind and Context in Adult Second Language Acquisition: Methods, Theory, and Practice

Mind and Context in Adult Second Language Acquisition: Methods, Theory, and Practice

Mind and Context in Adult Second Language Acquisition: Methods, Theory, and Practice

Excerpt

Information-processing approaches to second language acquisition (SLA) attempt to explain how nonnative languages are learned—usually by adults— and how knowledge of such second languages is used. The perspective on language acquisition presented in this volume is multifactorial and interactionist: It takes into account external and internal variables and the multiple interactions among them. This approach has attracted the attention not only of researchers but also of practitioners, since the pedagogical implications of such a perspective are readily seen. The last ten years have seen a surge in the number of research articles and book chapters on the topic. A few volumes on specific issues related to processing approaches have also appeared. However, an avid reader or a course instructor would have to consult a variety of sources and attempt to integrate all that information. This volume seeks to provide, in one place, a coherent, well-structured picture of the latest research on processing approaches to SLA.

The volume is divided into four parts, which differ in contents as well as goals. All chapters follow the same structure: key words, an introduction, main body, summary, suggestions for further reading, and references. Chapters 2 through 8 also include exercises requiring a data analysis and a guided critique, which exemplify and develop some of the constructs and operationalizations in each chapter. Familiarity with the contents of chapters 2 and 3 is required for succesful completion of most of the exercises in the volume.

The first part, [Theory and Methodology,] provides an introduction to the main concepts and to the most popular procedures for data gathering and data analysis to be found in information-processing approaches to SLA research. I

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.