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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Be the first to ask a question about How Languages are Learned. Jan 05, Nicholas Whyte rated it liked it Shelves: Being a successful language learner myself, I could clearly see the significance of each of these theories in my learning. It explains everything that you need to know in an easy way with relevant examples.

How Languages are Learned

There are evaluations and case studies throughout the book so that you can see a practical context for languagfs research ideas you are reading about. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. By understanding how languages are learned, teachers will be more able to judge the merits of different teaching methodologies and textbooks, and make the most of the time they spendwith learners.

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We acquire a lot of knowledge from books by reading, and we use it. I read both the 4th and 3rd editions of this book. I had to read this for my UMass class on Methods of Teaching the Latin Language, and am This is a must-read for every language teacher. The book is dedicated to teachers, and as such, offers superfluous information for a person simply interested in learning. I really struggled to finish this. Overview Description Reviews and Awards.


This is a completely revised and updated edition of this readable introduction to the study of language acquisition. Aug 18, Sierra rated it really liked it. Nov 01, Pam Dise-Moran rated it really liked it.

This is a completely revised and updated edition Latin Suffixal Derivatives in English D. 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. The text is divided into 7 chapters and follows a very natural pattern: This prize-winning, readable introduction to research in language acquisition is recommended reading for second language teachers worldwide.

This is a fantastic introduction to both aspects of language learning. It’s especially important for my fellow Latin teachers to read because Latin is in desperate need of revitalization.

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ate How Languages are Learned. Dec 25, Chawki aouina rated it really liked it Shelves: I really appreciate the amount of work that must have been put when writing the book, yet despite patxy scientific rigor ,earned book doesn’t have a scholar as its target.

I also learned a lot about how I can learn languages, lanyuages applied this information to my experience as a student of Lightbownn and German.

If more books were so well-written and well-organized as this one, I think I would be more interested in linguistics. How Languages Are Learned, 4th edn.

Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. I’ll definitely reread it. On a positive note, this book made me feel more emboldened to keep learning and keep forging ahead. It is written in a clear, readable style without unnecessary technical jargon – this has helped to make it a standard text for trainee teachers throughout the world.


Dec 25, Maud 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 using their intuition.

The authors propose three stages of language skill – declarative knowledge, procedural knowledge and automatic knowledge. This is a must-read for every language teacher. This was required reading for a summer ESL endorsement course I’m taking.

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If anything, the book equivocates more than it has to. LightbownNina Spada No preview available – I strongly reccomend you to read this book.

Automatic knowledge is procedural knowledge that is refined to a point that it stops being a conscious effort. Lists with This Book. The summaries of key studies were useful. Want to Read saving…. Refresh and try again. Vital and necessary reading if you teach a second or foreign language. I would recommend How Languages are Learned to anyone interested in the topic of language acquisition. Apr 10, David Fox rated it it was ok.

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