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Second Language Acquisition: An Introductory Course

3.17 of 5 stars 3.17  ·  rating details  ·  78 ratings  ·  9 reviews
This book is a thorough revision of the highly successful text first published in 1994. The authors retain the multidisciplinary approach that presents research from linguistics, sociology, psychology, and education, in a format designed for use in an introductory course for undergraduate or graduate students. The research is updated throughout and there are new sections a ...more
Paperback, 504 pages
Published December 1st 2000 by Routledge (first published November 1st 1993)
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Josh Meares
This is a long, complex book. It is an introduction, and unlike most introductions, it does an in-depth job of introducing the reader to the controversies in the field. The problem is that SLA is mostly problems, with very few concrete solutions. As such, the beginning reader is probably going to feel lost in the midst of a thousand competing theories. What is really important? Which ideas are winning, at least for now? Those are key questions that I would like to see answered. Some of the infor ...more
according to my linguistics professor, there isn't really a better option for this sort of textbook... which is too bad, because this book lacks clarity and/or specificity in multiple instances.
Saeed Ayiewbey
While appreciable, this book does not provide a thorough coverage of all the topics related.
This was awful -- an absolutely terrible textbook. Of course, I only read it because it was required, but the author managed to take a somewhat interesting topic and make it boring.
Jesse Kennedy
Gass and Selinker (2008) delineate foundations of SLA from a historical perspective as well as more modern approaches to understanding SLA. Full of basic and useful terms!
Esteban del Mal
A laundry list of second language acquisition studies with a few adjectives peppered in between.
Great overview textbook from my class at University of Washington.
Fairly dry, but well organized introduction to SLA.
Samar Almossa

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Susan Gass is University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages at Michigan State University. Her research is in Second Language Acquisition and includes the areas of Input and Interaction, Language Universals and Language Transfer.

More recently she has become interested in the area of attention and how it relates to acquisition.
More about Susan M. Gass...
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