ERIC Number: ED411701
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Second Language Acquisition: A Classroom Perspective. Australian Studies in Language Acquisition No. 1.
Issues and patterns in second language learning are discussed, drawing on a 1985 study with learners of English as a second language in Australia. Discussion begins with an analysis of the process of learning one form of verb marking, the ending "-ing." The inherent complexity of this form in English is examined, and ways in which learners at beginning and more advanced levels and from different native language backgrounds approach this complex form are explored. The second chapter looks at a variety of principles and subprocesses in language learning: learning as elaboration of previously-known patterns; acquisition of English pronouns; acquisition of vocabulary; acquisition of the indefinite article; form-function constraints; lexical opposites; learning as decomposition of elements (as contrasted with elaboration); and learning as analysis. Chapter three addresses the teachability hypothesis, which makes claims about developmental stages in language learning and the learning of variation in language patterns. In chapter four, ways to apply theory in classroom research to improve language teaching practice are discussed. Contains 30 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Western Sydney Univ., Macarthur (Australia). Language Acquisition Research Centre.
Identifiers - Location: Australia