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EDUC 1040 General Reading List

Second Language Acquisition and Learning, 2017/18, Semester 1
Dr Amanda Howard
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

EDUC 1040 2017-18 General Reading list

Specific suggestions or directions for reading will be listed at the end of each session. However, the following list of bookswill serve as sound general reading. I would recommend that you obtain a copy of one of the following three works. These introduce all of the issues we will address in the module, and I will usually set chapters from these as pre-sessional reading. They are all good, but student feedback suggests Lightbown & Spada may be the most accessible, Gass et al, the most comprehensive and Saville-Troike somewhere in between on both counts.

Lightbown, P., & Spada, N. (2013) How languages are learned Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Saville-Troike, M. (2012) Introducing second language acquisition Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Gass, S., Behney, J. & Plonsky, L. (2013) Second language acquisition: an introductory course New York: Routledge.

Other sound, general books covering much the same ground include:

Brown, H. D. (2006) Principles of language learning and teaching White Plains, NY: Longman.

Cook, V. (2008) Second language learning and language teaching London: Edward Arnold.

Ellis, R. (2008) The study of second language acquisition Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Ellis, R. & Shintani, N. (2014) Exploring language pedagogy through second language acquisition research research London: Routledge.

Gass, S. & Mackey, A.(2012) The Routledge handbook of second language acquisition Abingdon: Routledge.

Harley, T. (2014) The psychology of language London: Psychology Press

Johnson, K. (2008) An introduction to foreign language learning and teaching Harlow: Longman.

Lantolf, J. (ed.) (2000) Sociocultural theory and second language learning Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Mitchell, R. & Myles, F. (2004) Second language learning theories London/New York: Arnold.

Ortega L. (2008) Understanding second language acquisition (understanding language) London: Hodder & Stoughton.

Vanpatten, B. & Williams, J. (2007) Theories in second language acquisition : an introduction Abingdon: Routledge.

The following works bear on an issue of concern in both first and second language acquisition research, the extent to which language acquisition may be ascribed to innate (genetically inherited) and specifically linguistic propensities, instincts and abilities. Saxton would be the best one to approach first, as a balanced introduction to both 'nativist'and 'non-nativist' perspectives.

Evans, V. (2014) The language myth : why language is not an instinct Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Lee, N., Mikesell, L., Joaquin, A., Mates, A. & Schumann, J. (2009) The interactional instinct : the evolution and acquisition of language Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Pinker, S. (1994) The language instinct London: Penguin.

Saxton, M. (2010) Child language : acquisition and development London: Sage.

Tomasello, M. (2008) Origins of human communication Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press

The following explore in different ways the interweaving of language and culture:

Geeslin, K. & Long, A. (2014) Sociolinguistics and second language acquisition Abingdon: Routledge.

Kramsch, C. (1998) Language and culture Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Scollon, R., Scollon, S., & Jones, R. (2012) Intercultural communication Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.

This list was last updated on 18/09/2017