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Second Language Acquisition: An Introductory Course

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This work is a revised edition of the 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 of graduate students. New chapters have been added, which cover: child language acquisition; universal gr ...more
Paperback, 504 pages
Published December 1st 2000 by Routledge (first published November 1st 1993)
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Josh Meares
Apr 04, 2012 Josh Meares rated it it was ok
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
May 31, 2011 km rated it it was ok
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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.
Megan Conner
Nov 09, 2015 Megan Conner rated it really liked it
This topic does not have very many options when looking at texts. However, this provides the most thorough discussion of the field. Though some of the text is drawn out, it could use more explanations in certain areas. The examples were thoroughly refreshing!
Plot: C
Writing: A
Vocabulary: B
Level: Intermediate-College
Rating: G
Themes: How do people learn another language?

This textbook is written with considerably clear language and explanations targeted for a beginning student of SLA. I highly recommend it!
Esteban del Mal
A laundry list of second language acquisition studies with a few adjectives peppered in between.
Jan 14, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great overview textbook from my class at University of Washington.
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!
Samar Almossa
Aug 23, 2009 Samar Almossa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I will read what i really interested in .
Mar 04, 2014 Shannon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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.
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