Author: A. J. Wootton
Paperback: ISBN: 0521022665 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 34.99
Paperback: ISBN: 0521022665 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 19.99
This study identifies key mechanisms through which a young child operates with external knowledge in her immediate social context. Central to this is the child's capacity to draw on discourse-based understandings which have become evident in prior interaction. These understandings are shown to inform and shape various aspects of the child's behaviour, notably request selection, the emergence of new request forms and various kinds of child distress, and they form the 'context' to which the child's actions come to be increasingly sensitive. In contrast to studies which analyse development under different headings, such as language, emotions and cognition, Tony Wootton links these aspects in his examination of the state of understanding which exists at any given moment in interaction. The result is a distinctive social constructivist approach to children's development.
"...makes for fascinating reading." Claire Kramsch, Studies in 2nd Language Acquisition
1. Overview of arguments and procedures; 2. Requesting at 12-24 months: an overview; 3. Imperatives and sequential knowledge; 4. Distressing incidents; 5. The emergence of two request forms; 6. General skills involved in early requesting; References; Index.
Written for students encountering the topic for the first time, this is a clear and practical introduction to second language acquisition (SLA). It explains in non-technical language how a second language is acquired; what the second language learner needs to know; and why some learners are more successful than others. The textbook introduces in a step-by-step fashion a range of fundamental concepts - such as SLA in adults and children, in formal and informal learning contexts, and in diverse socio-cultural settings - and takes an interdisciplinary approach, encouraging students to consider SLA from linguistic, psychological and social perspectives. Each chapter contains a list of key terms, a summary, and a range of graded exercises suitable for self-testing or class discussion. Providing a solid foundation in SLA, this book is set to become the leading introduction to the field for students of linguistics, psychology, and education, and trainee language teachers.
1. Introducing Second Language Acquisition 2. Foundations of Second Language Acquisition 3. The linguistics of Second Language Acquisition 4. The psychology of Second Language Acquisition 5. Social contexts of Second Language Acquisition 6. Acquiring knowledge for L2 use 7. L2 learning and teaching