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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; Some Highlighting edition (24 Oct 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019437081X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0194370813
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 2 x 15.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 447,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'We have in this book a thorough, well-argued, cautious account of current work in the SLA tradition' Bernard Spolsky, Applied Linguistics

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By raeC on 3 May 2012
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This book has become a bible for both my coursemates and me! I was surprised at how comprehensive this book is, covering a wide range of SLA-related topics in good detail. Sometimes it can get a bit heavy, but clearly labelled chapters and a detailed contents list will help you to navigate if you just want to reference quickly. Highly recommended.
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I am student doing MA TESOL in the UK, I was recommended to buy this book from my teacher and I must say this book helped me alot not only in one subject. i kept using it as reference in almost every subject i study.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 April 1999
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Although the book contains a lot of valuable data for trainee teachers, the author's opinions are not stated.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
comprehensive and clear 13 Jan 2001
By Chris Elvin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"Understanding Second Language Acquisition" is an ideal companion for students taking an initial course in applied linguistics, or for teachers who want to improve their understanding of how learners learn a second language. This book seeks to help teachers make their theory of language learning explicit by examining language-learner language and the processes that produce it. Despite being written as long ago as the mid-eighties, it is still reasonably up-to-date. It covers all the major areas of SLA that one would expect; the role of the first language, variability in interlanguage, individual differences, input, interaction, learner strategies, the Universal Hypothesis, and the role of formal instruction. I enjoyed this book partly because it was written simply, descriptively and scientifically, and partly because the author was my professor when I was a grad student. That will be of no consequence to you, of course, but his thoroughness and clear style is something that I believe all of us can benefit from.
3 of 11 people found the following review helpful
An excellent "reference" book 22 April 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Although the book contains a lot of valuable data for trainee teachers, the author's opinions are not stated.
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