Date: 15-Nov-2006 From: Elizabeth Gangeri <Elizabeth.Gangerierlbaum.com> Subject: Theories in Second Language Acquisition: VanPatten, Williams (Eds)
Title: Theories in Second Language Acquisition
Subtitle: An Introduction
Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates
Editor: Bill VanPatten
Editor: Jessica Williams
Paperback: ISBN: 0805857389 Pages: 272 Price: U.S. $ 32.50
"Theories in Second Language Acquisition" surveys the major theoretical approaches currently used in second language acquisition (SLA) research, providing a systematic and coherent presentation in a single source. Each chapter follows a consistent chapter model constructed around the same set of questions, including "What is the Theory?" "What are the major constructs?" "What counts as evidence?" "What are the common misunderstandings about the theory?" The answers to these questions are written at a basic level by a leading expert in the respective theoretical model. As a result, the volume as a whole presents complex ideas in an accessible manner.
Intended to serve as an introductory textbook for advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate students, "Theories in Second Language Acquisition" is an exceptionally thorough resource that effectively expounds the theoretical foundations of the field.