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Theories Of Second Language Learning By Barry McLaughlinrar

Theories of Second Language Learning by Barry McLaughlin

Theories of Second Language Learning is a book written by Barry McLaughlin, a professor of psychology and education at the University of California, Santa Cruz. The book was published in 1987 by Edward Arnold and provides a comprehensive overview of the main theories and approaches to second language acquisition (SLA). The book is intended for students and researchers who are interested in understanding how people learn a second or foreign language.

The book consists of eight chapters, each focusing on a different aspect of SLA. The first chapter introduces the basic concepts and terminology of SLA, such as interlanguage, fossilization, transfer, and input. The second chapter reviews the behaviorist theory of SLA, which views language learning as a process of habit formation and reinforcement. The third chapter discusses the innatist theory of SLA, which claims that language learning is guided by a universal grammar that is innate in the human mind. The fourth chapter examines the cognitive theory of SLA, which emphasizes the role of mental processes and strategies in language learning. The fifth chapter explores the sociocultural theory of SLA, which stresses the importance of social interaction and cultural context in language learning. The sixth chapter analyzes the monitor model of SLA, which proposes that language learning involves two systems: an acquired system that is subconscious and intuitive, and a learned system that is conscious and rule-based. The seventh chapter evaluates the interactionist theory of SLA, which argues that language learning is facilitated by negotiation of meaning and feedback in communication. The eighth chapter summarizes the main points and implications of the book and suggests directions for future research.

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The book is written in a clear and accessible style, with examples and exercises to illustrate the concepts and theories. The book also includes a glossary of key terms, a list of references, and an index. The book is suitable for undergraduate and graduate courses on SLA, as well as for self-study by anyone who wants to learn more about how people learn languages.

If you are interested in reading this book, you can find it online at [Cambridge Core], [Amanote Research], or [Internet Archive].

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