How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.
This thoroughly updated new edition of the award-winning book presents the main theories of language acquisition, and considers their bearing on language teaching. It also discusses the effects of factors such as intelligence, personality, and age on language learning.