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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Overview Description Reviews and Awards. It is also plausible that early success heightened their motivation, or that both success and motivation are due to their special aptitude for language learning or the favourable context in which they were learning. An interesting overview of first and second language acquisition theories, but I found several other texts easier to read and more informative during lighhtbown course.

How Languages are Learned

Passive sources of language such as books, television or radio seem to not be sufficient for learning a language, even for native speakers. LightbownNina Spada.

Oct 10, Dawn rated oanguages really liked it Shelves: 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. Her main areas of professional interest are second language acquisition, classroom research in L2 teaching and learning, and English as a Second Language. Contents Language learning in early childhood.


Oct 01, Bruna Rafaela rated it really liked it Shelves: Technology Enhanced Language Learend. It’s the necessary prequel to any teacher program regarding SLA. Looking forward to reading the other books from the Oxford series of handbooks for Language teachers. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Read while I was in graduate school. This is a must-read for every language teacher.

Many of these examples are taken directly from real first and second language classrooms. LightbownNina Spada Snippet view – Academic Skip to main content. 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. Though, reading for pleasure seems to be the best way of increasing one’s vocabulary.

No trivia or quizzes yet. I strongly pztsy you to read this book. This book ignited my interest in linguistics and the idea of SLA. The first is that it’s amazing how lighfbown we actually know.

How Languages are Learned Patsy M. Jan 05, Nicholas Whyte rated it liked loghtbown Shelves: Even the apparently obvious point that children find it easier to learn languages is only weakly backed up by research.

Note that Chapter 7 is excellent – they look at prevailing ideas around language learning and break it down. This is the second or third intro-level book I’ve read on Second Language Acquisition, and it is the one I have liked the languagrs.


Lightbown and Spada do a well-done job in outlining many different ELL characteristics and learning styles.

How Languages are Learned – Patsy M. Lightbown, Nina Spada – Google Books

How Languages are Learned Patsy M. Account Options Sign in. She recently contributed to a series of professional development workshops coordinated by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and the Boston public television station WGBH.

Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Provides a link between theories on language acquisition and approaches and methodology in language teaching, and discusses practical implications Other books in the series. There are evaluations and case studies throughout the book so that you can see a practical context for the research ideas you are reading about. I had perceptions challenged and motivations explained.

This isn’t an exhaustive guide to that topic, but rather a good introduction to whet you appetite. LightbownNina Spada No preview available –