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Vivian Cook , David Singleton

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2 April 2014 1783091797 978-1783091799
This textbook offers an introductory overview of eight hotly-debated topics in second language acquisition research. It offers a glimpse of how SLA researchers have tried to answer common questions about second language acquisition rather than being a comprehensive introduction to SLA research.


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This excellent volume offers a clear and engaging description of central topics in second language acquisition research, and highlights the connection between research findings, formal and informal learning contexts, and teaching practices. I have no doubt that this volume will soon become an invaluable resource for teachers and students alike. --Gessica De Angelis, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

This book provides a welcome, very readable introduction to second language learning, angled at university students as well as those with a general interest in the subject. It is also very teacher-friendly. Readers will not only be suitably informed but will also find plenty to intrigue them about language and its acquisition. --Mike Sharwood-Smith, Academy of Social Sciences, Warsaw, Poland

Vibrant, prescient, honest, enjoyable… such is the view of SLA that Cook and Singleton have crafted in this unmatchable book! The palette of 8 topics covers yet transcends the box of traditional SLA and the wealth of interactive illustrations fully situates adult language acquisition in present-day realities. A must-own SLA title. --Lourdes Ortega, Georgetown University, USA

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Vivian Cook is Emeritus Professor, Newcastle University, UK. He has been researching in the fields of second language acquisition and writing systems for over 45 years and was founding President of the European Second Language Association (EUROSLA). David Singleton is Professor, University of Pannonia, Hungary and Fellow Emeritus, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. He has published widely on second language acquisition, multilingualism and lexicology and is the series editor for Multilingual Matters' SLA series.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A great read... 7 July 2014
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This was a great collection of written works that outline key topics that current teachers or future language students want to know or wish to find out the current perspectives of the modern outlook of second language acquisition (SLA). As a current university student, this text has reinforced my awareness of SLA and provide new insights that will be valuable in future research and teaching practices in the field. Another great text of a long line of books in this collection that have helped me be a much more wiser student of Second language learning.
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