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Published: 27 April 2006

252 Pages | Numerous line drawings


ISBN: 9780194422246

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How Languages are Learned

An introduction to the main theories of first and second language acquisition (now in a new, updated edition).

Third Edition

Patsy M. Lightbown and Nina Spada

  • Relates theories of first and second language acquisition to what actually goes on in the classroom
  • Uses activities and projects throughout to explore the practical implications of the ideas presented
  • Suitable for teacher training courses as well as for new and experienced practising teachers
  • New: Explores recent theories such as skill learning, connectionism, and the 'noticing hypothesis'
  • New: Includes more on current theories of first language acquisition and early bilingualism, and factors affecting learning such as motivation and learning styles
  • New: Includes a fully revised classroom learning section, with examples from a wider range of ethnic, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds.

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