The Continuum Companion to Second Language Acquisition by Ernesto Macaro

By Ernesto Macaro

The Continuum spouse To moment Language Acquistion is designed to be the fundamental one-volume source for complicated scholars and lecturers. It bargains a complete reference source: it good points an outline of key themes in SLA to boot the foremost examine tools. It then is going directly to examine present examine parts and new instructions within the box by means of interpreting key relationships within the box, together with the connection among first and moment language acquisition and the connection among L2 enter and L2 output.It is a whole source for postgraduate scholars and researchers operating inside moment language acquisition and utilized linguistics.

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Avoidance is a term most o en used in the context of learner strategies and particularly as a communication strategy in that it is a conscious mental act with a language use goal. There are two basic types of avoidance strategies adopted by learners: avoidance of topic and avoidance of formulations (the choice of certain words, phrases or language structures to express ideas). However the two types can be interrelated. Topic avoidance is usually a result of lack of cultural knowledge required for that topic to be discussed adequately.

Matching a picture with a phrase). The method fell into disfavour less on the basis of research evidence of its ineffectiveness and more because of the theoretical a acks on behaviourism. Elements of the method persist in language pedagogy even today, particularly for the teaching of pronunciation. Indeed, exponents of more nuanced forms of behaviourism would claim that its potential for learning has been misrepresented (see Castagnaro 2006). Authenticity is a term that has come to be most closely associated with communicative language teaching.

Finally, and taking a more bird’s eye view of teaching approaches, there has been a continued interest in the value of different instructional systems. These are usually linked to policy decisions in particular countries with regard to language (almost invariably English language) learning. For example, do second language ‘immersion’ systems work? If the medium of instruction for all subjects on the curriculum is the L2, does this affect the learning of those subjects and does the L2 improve sufficiently to make this educational initiative justifiable?

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