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Instructed Second Language Acquisition: Learning in the Classroom

ISBN: 978-0-631-16202-5
244 pages
January 1991, Wiley-Blackwell
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How does classroom language learning take place? How does an understanding of second language acquisition contribute to language teaching? In answering these questions, Rod Ellis reviews a wide range of research on classroom learning, developing a theory of instructed second language acquisition which has significant implications for language teaching.
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Table of Contents


1. Investigating Classroom Language Learning.

2. Behaviourist Learning Theory and Classroom Language Learning.

3. Naturalistic Language Learning and Classroom Language Learning.

4. Classroom Process Research.

5. The Relationship between Classroom Interaction and Language Learning.

6. Formal Instruction and Language Learning.

7. A Theory of Classroom Language Learning.

8. Final Comments.

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Author Information

Rod Ellis is winner of the BAAL Book Prize in 1985 for the best book published in applied linguistics. Formerly Professor and Head of Department in the School of Language Studies, Ealing College of Higher Education.
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The Wiley Advantage

  • Addresses a fundamental question in applied linguistics - how can the theoretical study of language acquisition contribute to language teaching?
  • Author is an internationally respected authority
  • His textbook Understanding Second Language Acquisition is the market leader
  • Sets out important new theory on how learners acquire a language in the classroom.
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"For those of us involved in teaching second language learners, Rod Ellis's Instructed Second Language Acquisition is a timely and thorough review of the current picture." Manny Vazquez, Hounslow Language Service

"Perfect for people with no time to read the original research who are looking for swift summations of results." The Teacher Trainer

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