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Research guide to support the study and teaching of SLA at Azusa Pacific University.
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Second Language Acquisition (SLA) is the process of learning another language in addition to the native language. It draws on literature from the disciplines of the humanities and social sciences. There is an overlap between the literature in the areas of education, communication, psychology and linguistics. The study of SLA at APU focuses on the nature of SLA; patterns in the process of acquisition; strategies to employ for success; linguistic, cognitive, affective, and social factors that effect the development of the second language; and role of the language teacher. Some well known names in the field of SLA include Noam Chomsky, Stephen D. Krashen, Dell Hymes, John McWhorter, Peter Ladefoged, Vivian Cook, Zoltán Dörnyeia, Diane Larson-Freeman, Michael H. Long, Sandra McKay, David Nunan, and Andrew D. Cohen.

Since the SLA draws from different fields, this guide identifies a variety of resources that will facilitate research. It contains scholarly and professional, print and electronic resources for graduate students in the Second Language Acquisitions, a required class in the MA TESOL program. However, all resources listed are not available through Azusa Pacific University.


Introductory Resources

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Key thinkers in linguistics and the philosophy of language - edited by Siobhan Chapman and Christopher Routledge
Call Number: P107 .K49 2005
ISBN: 9780195187687
“A reference text on noted thinkers from antiquity to the present day who have made important contributions to the description or the theory of language. Included are linguists, philosophers, psychologists, anthropologists, cognitive scientists, critical theorists, and mathematicians, all from the Western tradition of thought. Each of the 80 entries offers an overview of the individual's work and a closer analysis of one or more aspects of that work; sufficient biographical information to place the individual's career and ideas in their historical and cultural context; names of other related key thinkers; and suggestions for primary and further reading. For undergraduate and graduate students, academics, and general readers in linguistics and the philosophy of language.”

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Theories in Second Language Acquisition: An Introduction - Bill VanPatten and Jessica Williams
Call Number: P118.2 .T45 2007
ISBN: 9780805857382
“Thirteen international academics contribute 12 chapters focusing on a number of contemporary mainstream theories in second language acquisition (SLA) research that have gained attention among scholars. Designed for the beginning student of SLA theory and research, each of the chapters follows the same model: the theory and its constructs, what counts as evidence for the theory, common misunderstandings about the theory, an exemplary study, and how the theory addresses the observable phenomena of SLA.”

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Learning New Languages: A Guide to Second Language Acquisition - Tom Scovel
Call Number: P53 .S36 2001
ISBN: 083846677X
“Explores a wide range of issues that influence how children and adults learn second languages. By using P.L.A.C.E as an acronym, standing for People, Language, Attention, Cognition, and Emotion, the book offers an accessible way to examine both the practical and theoretical sides of each issue. The author weaves in his own experiences as a second language learner, language teacher, researcher, and theoretician in second language acquisition.”

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Handbook of research in second language teaching and learning - Eli Hinkel
Call Number: P118.2 .H359 2005
ISBN: 9781410612700
“Sixty-nine international academics contribute 57 chapters to a broad- based, state-of-the-art overview of current knowledge and research in second language (L2) teaching and learning. Coverage includes social contexts of learning; research methodologies in learning, acquisition, and teaching; contributions of applied linguistics to the teaching and learning of discrete and inextricably intertwined L2 skills; L2 processes and development; teaching methods and curricula; second or foreign language testing and assessment; and language planning and policies. For researchers, practitioners, graduate students, and faculty in teacher education and applied linguistics programs; teachers; teacher trainers and trainees; curriculum and material developers; and others in the field of L2 teaching and learning.”

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