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Thu Jun 10 2004

Books: Applied Linguistics: Block

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  1. Charlotte.Maxwell, The Social Turn in Second Language Acquisition: Block

Message 1: The Social Turn in Second Language Acquisition: Block

Date: Wed, 9 Jun 2004 11:49:04 -0400 (EDT)
From: Charlotte.Maxwell <>
Subject: The Social Turn in Second Language Acquisition: Block

Title: The Social Turn in Second Language Acquisition
Series Title: Edinburgh Textbooks in Applied Linguistics

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher:	Edinburgh University Press

Book URL:

Author: David Block, Institute of Education, University of London

Paperback: ISBN: 0748615520, Pages: 162, Price: U.K. � 19.99


What is Second Language Acquisition?

In recent years there has been a notable increase in the number of
publications discussing and debating issues surrounding SLA. In The
Social Turn in Second Language Acquisition David Block critically
examines the key assumptions behind this research. He unpacks and
analyses the way the key components of SLA are commonly understood,
asking what is meant by the terms 'second', 'language' and

Block discusses a wide variety of research by applied linguists and
those working in SLA who have drawn on recent developments in social
theory in their attempts to make sense of language practices and
language learning. The main thread running through the text is the
suggestion that SLA researchers need to concern themselves not only
with language learning as an individual and primarily cognitive
process, but also as a sociohistorically situated phenomenon.

This book is written for applied linguists and students on applied
linguistics courses, who are familiar with recent developments in the
field of SLA.

*New ideas about SLA and a useful critique of the field
*Readable style
*Includes an extensive bibliography of over 400 sources

Customers in North America please contact Georgetown University Press.

Lingfield(s):	Applied Linguistics
		Language Acquisition
Written In:	English (Language Code: ENG)

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