An introduction to second language acquisition research by Diane Larsen-Freeman

By Diane Larsen-Freeman

Figuring out how humans examine and fail to profit moment and international languages is more and more recognized as a serious social and psycholinguistic factor. moment languages are very important to varied teams of individuals, starting from refugees to school scholars dealing with international language standards. This booklet presents a synthesis of empirical findings on moment and international language studying via young children and adults, emphasising the layout and execution of applicable research.

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Outside of an environment where the second language is spoken natively, he or she would be acquiring it as a foreign language. In which environment the acquisition takes place is often related to the first variable, whether it takes place in a classroom or not, since foreign languages usually require instruction whereas second languages can often be 'picked up' 43 from the environment. In the second language acquisition field, however, and therefore in this book, we refer to both as instances of second language acquisition, taking up the differential effects of the two settings in Chapter 8.

First of all, the study of SLA is fascinating in its own right. It is a true conundrum. Understanding it requires drawing upon knowledge of psychology, linguistics, sociology, anthropology, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics and neurolinguistics, among others. As David Cook (1965) has said: We sometimes overlook the fact that there is much that we can know and need to know about our universe and ourselves that is not necessarily useful at the moment of discovery. By 37 the same token, we are too prone to reject knowledge for which we cannot find an immediate practical application.

In the interdependent world of today, second language acquisition and use are ubiquitous. 2 Why study acquisition? second language There are almost as many reasons to study SLA as there are places where second languages are acquired and used. First of all, the study of SLA is fascinating in its own right. It is a true conundrum. Understanding it requires drawing upon knowledge of psychology, linguistics, sociology, anthropology, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics and neurolinguistics, among others.

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