LINGUIST List 9.699

Tue May 12 1998

Books: Second Language Acquisition

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  1. Simon Collins, 2nd Language Acquisition

Message 1: 2nd Language Acquisition

Date: Mon, 11 May 1998 14:40:28 +0100
From: Simon Collins <>
Subject: 2nd Language Acquisition

 Professor in the Department of English as a Second Language, 
 University of Minnesota. 
 Paper 0-582-30588-8
 312 pages 1998
 Applied Linguistics and Language Study Series
 'Strategies in Learning and Using a Second Language' explores the 
 topic of learner strategies - the ways in which language learners 
 engage with the process of learning and communicating in a new 
 The introduction to the book sets out the main theoretical issues, 
 distinguishing language learning from language use strategies, and 
 describing the main research methods for their investigation. The 
 author presents innovative research linking the use of task-specific 
 strategies with language performance. The volume then presents 
 empirical research investigating the languages multilinguals select 
 for their verbalized thoughts during language learning and language 
 use. Finally, the author presents empirical research focusing on the 
 strategies learners use in language test-taking contexts.
 The volume is intended primarily for language teachers and 
 researchers, as well as for administrators of second language 
 programs. It is also highly suitable for undergraduate and 
 postgraduate students of applied linguistics and will be of interest 
 to foreign language students, stimulating them to reflect on their 
 strategies for learning and using a second language. The chapters 
 present questions and raise areas for further discussion and study, 
 making the book suitable for those new to the field. At the same 
 time, the provision of important new research will appeal to those 
 with more advanced knowledge in the field.
 Senior Lecturer in the Linguistics Department at the University of 
 Wales, Bangor.
 Paper 0-582-25763-8
 320 pages 1998
 Applied Linguistics and Language Study Series
 'Errors in Language Learning and Use' is an up-to-date introduction 
 and guide to the study of errors in language, and is also a critical 
 survey of previous work. Error Analysis occupies a central position 
 within Applied Linguistics, and seeks to clarify questions such as 
 `Does correctness matter?', `Is it more important to speak fluently 
 and write imaginatively or to communicate one's message?' 
 This book provides a scholarly and well-illustrated theoretical and 
 historical background to the field of Error Analysis. A range of 
 relevant questions is addressed such as whether native speakers make 
 errors, and whether `good English' for the native speaker is also good 
 for the foreign learner. The reader is led from definitions of error 
 and related concepts, to categorization of types of linguistic 
 deviance, discussion of error gravities, the utility of teacher 
 correction and towards writing learner profiles. Throughout, the book 
 is guided by considerable practical experience in language education 
 in a range of classroom contexts worldwide.
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1998 Contributors

  • Blackwell Publishers
  • Cambridge University Press
  • CSLI Publications
  • Edinburgh University Press
  • Garland Publishing
  • Holland Academic Graphics (HAG)
  • Lawrence Erlbaum Assoc.
  • Oxford University Press
  • Francais Pratique
  • Routledge
  • Summer Institute of Linguistics
  • Mouton de Gruyter