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How Languages are Learned

How Languages are Learned Teachers are often told that new teaching methods and materials are based on the latest research But what does this mean in practice This book introduces you to some of the language acquisition resear

  • Title: How Languages are Learned
  • Author: Patsy M. Lightbown Nina Spada
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 176
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Teachers are often told that new teaching methods and materials are based on the latest research But what does this mean in practice This book introduces you to some of the language acquisition research that will help you not just to evaluate existing materials, but also to adapt and use them in a way that fits what we currently understand about how languages are learnTeachers are often told that new teaching methods and materials are based on the latest research But what does this mean in practice This book introduces you to some of the language acquisition research that will help you not just to evaluate existing materials, but also to adapt and use them in a way that fits what we currently understand about how languages are learned.

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    1. If more books were so well-written and well-organized as this one, I think I would be more interested in linguistics. Contrary to most authors from the field, Lightbown is not pretentious. She writes in order to make herself understood and not to sound intellectual. I'll definitely reread it. Looking forward to reading the other books from the Oxford series of handbooks for Language teachers.

    2. This book is awesome. It is written in such a way that anyone can read it. Linguistic books often carry many heavy technical terms and can lose the general audience (and the intended audience as well!) quite easily. This book makes linguistics fun and exciting and serves as a great starting point for anyone interested in studying linguistics.

    3. Looking for better methods for learning languages I decided to dive into How Languages are Learned by Patsy M. Lightbown & Nina Spada.The book is dedicated to teachers, and as such, offers superfluous information for a person simply interested in learning. Nevertheless, the book is simply packed with information that is also relevant to a student.The text is divided into 7 chapters and follows a very natural pattern: introducing first language acquisition in the first chapter; the problem of [...]

    4. It was just what I was looking for in that it gives a good overview of the prevailing theories around language acquisition. It was not what I wanted in that research has not yet definitively answered all my questions! If anything, the book equivocates more than it has to. As they put it: "Knowing more about second language acquisition will not tell you what to do in your classroom tomorrow morning." Bummer. On a positive note, this book made me feel more emboldened to keep learning and keep forg [...]

    5. how languages are learned is concise book about how we acquire languages,this book explains how a child learn the first landguage in a developmental sequences ,and the main theories underlying this process. starting from behaviourisit to innatist and others also describes how second language acquisition happend and why some people tend to learn languages better than others and what are the major setbacks in learning a language? providing a real life expirements conducted by some teachers giving [...]

    6. A bit torn on the number of stars for this one. On the one hand, this was a valuable compendium of information on language acquisition, both first and second language. The summaries of key studies were useful. However, I felt like I came away with less actionable information than I anticipated, and the study summaries, since they're from a certain era, made the book feel dated. So I'm at 3.5 stars, basically, and since it's not like the authors could have anticipated future studies, I'm giving t [...]

    7. I really struggled to finish this. not because the content was difficult, but because the writing lacked enthusiasm. It's the same as a monotoned professor going on and on, and you really end up only catching half of what's said. I do think it had good information and good examples, but it certainly could have been better used. this wasn't the first linguistics book I've read, and it won't be the last, but I hope I never have to read another one this hard to focus on.

    8. A very good, accessible read. 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 most. I found myself taking lots of word-for-word notes because of how good the writing and the content were.

    9. An interesting overview of first and second language acquisition theories, but I found several other texts easier to read and more informative during my course.

    10. This was required reading for a summer ESL endorsement course I'm taking. I found it informative and interesting. I had perceptions challenged and motivations explained. The research was explained in a thorough and thoughtful way.

    11. Great book! Easy read considering the topic is new (and therefore challenging) to many people. I found it very insightful about the way people acquire their first and second (3rd, 4th, etc.) languages.

    12. Read while I was in graduate school. As my dissertation focused on bilingual education, language acquisition was important for me to understand.

    13. nwhytevejournal/2327653ml[return][return]A textbook mainly for language teachers (which I am not), from which I got two interesting things. The first is that it's amazing how little we actually know. Even the apparently obvious point that children find it easier to learn languages is only weakly backed up by research. There's obviously a big difference between learning your first language (or languages) and learning another after you can already talk. But I didn't feel that researchers had got m [...]

    14. It is mainly an academic book and useful to have a quick brush up on theories of language learning as it does not go much into the details of them but provides excellent list of books on the areas mentioned for further reading.So I only needed to know the theories of the second language learning for two reasons: 1) For my own curiosity as a second and third language learner and 2)To have a better idea and plan for how I want my book to look like. It definitely would not look like any thing like [...]

    15. This is a must-read for every language teacher. I learned so much and have even read chapters twice or gone back to look up more information. It's especially important for my fellow Latin teachers to read because Latin is in desperate need of revitalization. Just because the language itself has hardly changed in the last century doesn't mean that we shouldn't stay abreast of new methods of teaching language. I had to read this for my UMass class on Methods of Teaching the Latin Language, and am [...]

    16. I found the content of this textbook to be quite extensive, sometimes contradictory and always thought-provoking. We rushed through the material in just 3 weeks, which involved a lot of reading and relatively little digesting. I probably would have gotten more out of it if we had gone more slowly. That being said, the material has caused me to question many of my preconceptions about language acquisition. This isn't an exhaustive guide to that topic, but rather a good introduction to whet you ap [...]

    17. -OXFORD-Time;5/2/2013=80minutes,7words summary importance acquisition innate capacity successful discourse mimicry-Discussion QuestionWhich skills(reading, listening, reading and speaking),is it important for us to study English?I think that reading is more important than other skills. We acquire a lot of knowledge from books by reading, and we use it. Input is done, at first, and then output is done by learners.I strongly reccomend you to read this book. English learners like us should know how [...]

    18. I first read this book in 2005 back when I was taking courses towards an ESL certificate. This book ignited my interest in linguistics and the idea of SLA. As I teach EFL now, I'm re-reading it again and enjoying it as much as I did ten years ago. It's the necessary prequel to any teacher program regarding SLA.

    19. An excellent book for smart advanced learners of English it may be a little hard t read but it treats learning as a 'suck it and see' activity, and thus, together with attention to informed opinion will help you to think about your own progress.

    20. This books covers all the language learning theories in a simple way and introduces and explains acronyms used in second language acquisition for teachers who are new to the discipline. The book also includes case studies exemplifying a lot of language theories put to test.

    21. This is a very useful book for ESL teachers and novice language teachers. It is reader friendly with clear examples. It was one of my main text when I was doing my ESL degree. Still, it is a helpful reference for my postgraduate study.

    22. I will be probably re-reading this book during the summer. It has taught me A LOT. I feel I have to read it twice to grasp it all. It is not because is written in a complicated manner, but because there's so much I'll like to know that is not possible to do it in one reading.

    23. I read both the 4th and 3rd editions of this book. Unfortunately, there wasn't that much added in the 4th edition. Buy one or the other. You're wasting your money if you buy both.Solid book here. Very interesting! Vital and necessary reading if you teach a second or foreign language.

    24. This is the book I typically use when I teach SLA to non-native speakers. I think it is a good introductory book on the topic. I typically supplement it with Ellis' Second Langauge Acquition book - the small one; not his SLA Bibl.

    25. I thought this was a faschinating read (although it helped the class I had to read it for was quite fun, of course). It uses a lot of studies to illustrate its points, which I personally enjoy reading and figuring out. It certainly got me thinking about my own language learning.

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