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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Key Concepts in Second Language Acquisition

ISBN 9780230230187
Publication Date August 2011
Formats Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Palgrave Key Concepts

What does it mean to acquire a language? What is considered a 'second' language in multilingual settings? This practical and comprehensive guide provides an opportunity to consider these issues, providing easy access to concise definitions of key terms and concepts in the study of Second Language Acquisition.

DR. HAYO REINDERS (www.innovationinteaching.org) is Professor of Education and Head of Department at Unitec in New Zealand and Dean of the Graduate School at Anaheim University in the United States. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the journal 'Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching'. Hayo's interests are in educational technology, learner autonomy, and out-of-class learning and his most recent books are on teaching methodologies, digital games, and second language acquisition. He edits a book series on 'New Language Learning and Teaching Environments' for Palgrave Macmillan.

SHAWN LOEWEN is Associate Professor in the Second Language Studies programme at Michigan State University, USA. He teaches courses in second language acquisition and research methodology, and has published in leading journals including Studies in Second Language Acquisition, Language Learning and Modern Language Journal.

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This up-to-date presentation of recent SLA research covers a wide range of topics and will encourage future researchers to view language learning from a range of diverse perspectives' – Alison Mackey, Professor of Linguistics, Georgetown University, USA
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