Theory in second/foreign language researchAttempts have been made to construct such a theory. A rapid critique of each will be given. In order to state my position I think a quote from Stern will not be completely out of place:. Theory is implicit in the practice of language teaching. It reveals itself in the assumptions underlying practice, in planning a course of study, in the routines of the classroom, in the value judgments about language teaching, and in the decisions that the language teacher has to make day by day.
Language Learning Theories
This website is no longer being maintained. Second language L2 listening comprehension is a complex process, crucial in the development of second language competence. Listeners use both bottom-up processers linguistic knowledge and top-down processes prior knowledge to comprehend. Knowing the context of a listening text and the purpose for listening greatly reduces the burden of comprehension. Teachers can help students develop sound strategies for comprehension through a process approach to teaching L2 listening.
Second-language acquisition SLA , second-language learning , or L2 language 2 acquisition , is the process by which people learn a second language. Second-language acquisition is also the scientific discipline devoted to studying that process. The field of second-language acquisition is a subdiscipline of applied linguistics , but also receives research attention from a variety of other disciplines, such as psychology and education. A central theme in SLA research is that of interlanguage , the idea that the language that learners use is not simply the result of differences between the languages that they already know and the language that they are learning, but that it is a complete language system in its own right, with its own systematic rules. This interlanguage gradually develops as learners are exposed to the targeted language. The order in which learners acquire features of their new language stays remarkably constant, even for learners with different native languages, and regardless of whether they have had language instruction. However, languages that learners already know can have a significant influence on the process of learning a new one.
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