A book for everyone on Second Language Acquisition: Important For Everyone in our Bilingual World
Second Language Acquisition: Language, Culture & Identity is a book which all learners, all students of all disciplines and all careers, and of course, worldwide, all teachers, not only teachers of English Language Learners (ELL), or English as a Foreign Language (EFL), or English as a Second Language (ESL), or English as an Additional Language (EAL), but rather it is for all teachers, of all subject areas, new and experienced, who should have a copy of this book in their peronal resource library.
We live in a world in which most people are bilingual, multicultural, and international-minded. In a globalized world, two languages is an indispensable capacity for those who wish to enjoy the benefits of globalisation, of communicating with people from different cultures, with different languages, and markedly different personal identity patterns.
Therefore, we can say that gone are the days when it was just enough to know one language. According to François Grosjean, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of psycholinguistics at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, “It has been estimated that probably more than half of the world’s population is bilingual; that is, it uses two or more languages (or dialects) in everyday life.”
Whether for business or pleasure, for education or travel, for war or peace, knowledge of a second language, its culture, and how its people attempt to maintain their own heritage language, while making use of the English language, is increasingly an essential 21st century skill, the basic knowledge that we have of one another, and how it is constructed.
This book is not a textbook, in the sense of a course in Second Language Acquisition. SLA is a complex, interdisciplinary field. What this book does is accompany any course on Second Language Acquisition, providing the voices and the experiences of those who must acquire a second language. Therefore, the book provides opportunity for deep learning of the fundamentals of Second Language Acquisition, from a multicultural, multiethnic, and multilingual, interdisciplinary perspective.
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Publication Date: May 13, 2013
This book provides an actionable answer to the question of “How Do Students Learn English?” In this book, the discovery method is applied to case studies and actual experience, in reality.
If encountering the topic for the first time, this is a clear and practical introduction to experiential Second Language Acquisition (SLA). It shows actual students and teachers grappling with SLA issues in an interdisciplinary manner. To do this, we “stand on the shoulders of giants” like Wittgenstein, Gass & Selinker.
Storytelling becomes the medium to illustrate SLA in action, without being heavy on explanation. This is an inductive, discovery approach to deep learning about SLA in action.
How a second language is acquired; whether English, French, Yu’pik, or Mapudungun is what the second language learner needs to know; whether in the USA, Canada, Singapore, China, Chile or any other location worldwide, we all need to find relevant answers to know why some learners are more successful than others. The book introduces in a warm, friendly, first-person, engaging fashion a range of fundamental concepts – such as SLA in adults and children, in formal and informal learning contexts, and in diverse sociocultural settings – and takes (in the tradition of Gass & Selinker) an interdisciplinary approach, encouraging students to consider SLA from linguistic, psychological, and social perspectives.”