ERIC Number: ED273146
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Overview of Theories of Language Learning and Acquisition.
The field of second language acquisition (SLA) developed from the study of second language teaching, and includes the study of the learning setting, learner variables, the nature of the target language and the learner native language, and the reasons for language learning. Much SLA research to date focuses on one or another of these dimensions (linguistic, social psychological, or cognitive) rather than being multidimensional. Among approaches that address more than one dimension are Schumann's acculturation model, Krashen's monitor theory, Hatch and Hawkins' integrated model, and Wong Fillmore and Swain's model. According to Long's definitions of the two types of theory, none of these is a sufficiently comprehensive theory of SLA, despite their contributions to the field. (MSE)
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Note: In: English Language Development. Proceedings of a Conference on Issues in English Language Development for Minority Language Education (Arlington, VA, July 24, 1985); see FL 015 974.