Skip to main content

Language for Education Reading List 2019

Language for Education , 2019/20, Semester L53

Unit 1: Child language learners 

Asher, J. and Garcia, R. 1969. The optimal age to learn a foreign language. The modern language journal. 53 (5), pp.334-341. Available online:  

Bialystok, E. 2004. And Adding Another. In: Bialystok. E. Bilingualism in Development: Language, Literacy and Cognition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 56-89. Available online:    

Hirata-Edds, T. & Peters, L. 2016. Multi-competence and Endangered Language Revitalization. In: Cook, V. and Lee, W. eds. The Cambridge Handbook of Linguistic Multi-competence. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 321-337. Available online:!/search?ho=t&fvf=ContentType,Book%20Review,t&l=en&q=cook%20vivian%20bilingualism    

Lightbown, P. and Spada, N. 2013. Language Learning in Early Childhood. In: Lightbown, P. & Spada, N. How Languages are Learned. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 1-28. Available online:    

Montrul, S. 2012. Is the heritage language like a second language? EUROSLA Yearbook, 12, pp.1-29. Available online: 

Myles, F. 2015. Is it a case of 'the younger, the better' for children learning a new language? The Conversation. [Online]. [Accessed 27 November 2019]. Available from:    

Singleton, D. 2014. Is there a best age for learning a second language? In: Cook, V. and Singleton, D. Key Topics in Second Language Acquisition. Bristol: Multilingual Matters, pp. 17-36. Available online:      

Valdés, G. 2005. Bilingualism, heritage language learners, and SLA research: opportunities lost or seized? The modern language journal. 89 (3), pp. 410-426. Available online:  


Top of page

Unit 2: Studying second language learning 

Lightbown, P. 2000. Anniversary Article: Classroom SLA Research and Second Language Teaching. Applied linguistics. 21 (4), pp. 431-462. Available online:   

Menezes, V. 2013. Second Language Acquisition: Reconciling theories. Open Journal of Applied Sciences ISSN: 2165-3917. 3 (7), pp. 404-412. Available online:   

Ortega, L. 2011. Second Language Acquisition. In: Simpson, J. ed. The Routledge Handbook of Applied Linguistics. London: Routledge, pp. 171-184. Available online:     

Saville-Troike, M. 2006. Foundations of Second Language Acquisition. In: Saville-Troike, M. Introducing Second Language Acquisition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 7-30. Available online:     


Top of page

Unit 3: Feedback 

Burke, D.M. and Pieterick, J. 2010. Giving students effective written feedback. Maidenhead: Open University Press. Chapters 5,6,7 and 8. Available online:     

Green, S. 2019. What students don't make of feedback in higher education: An illustrative study. Journal of English for academic purposes. 38, pp. 83-94. Available online: 

Solano, V.G. 2016. Written assessment and feedback practices in postgraduate taught courses in the UK: staff and international students’ perspectives. Practitioner Research in Higher Education. 10 (1), pp 65-80. Available online: 

Torres, J.T. and Anguiano, C. J. 2016. Interpreting feedback: a discourse analysis of teacher feedback and student identity. Practitioner Research in Higher Education. 10 (2), pp. 2-11. Available online: 

This list was last updated on 31/05/2019