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EDUC 1040 General Reading List

Second Language Acquisition and Learning, 2021/22, Semester 2
Dr Diana Mazgutova
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. Chapter 1 available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

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:

Abello-Contesse, C. (2008) Age and the critical period hypothesis. ELT journal. ISSN: 0951-0893, 63(2), 170-172.

Allwright, D. (1984) Why don't learners learn what teachers teach? The interaction hypothesis. In D. Singleton & D. Little (Eds.), Language Learning in Formal and Informal Contexts ISBN: 0950913219 (pp. 3-18). Dublin: IRAAL.

Allwright, D. (1988) Observation in the language classroom ISBN: 0582553768 (pbk). Harlow, Essex: Longman.

Allwright, D., & Hanks, J. (2009) The Developing Language Learner: An introduction to Exploratory Practice. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

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.

Dörnyei, Z., & Ushioda, E. (Eds.). (2009) Motivation, Language Identity and the L2 Self. Bristol: Multilingual Matters.

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.

Hall, J. K. (2019) Essentials of SLA for L2 Teachers: A Transdisciplinary Framework. New York: Taylor & Francis.

Hanks, J. (2017) Exploratory practice in language teaching :Puzzling about principles and practices ISBN: 9781137453440 (electronic bk.); 1137453443 (electronic bk.); 9781137453433 (hard cover); 9781137457110 (soft cover). London: Palgrave Macmillan.

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

Hummel, K.M. (2021). Introducing second language acquisition: Perspectives and Practices (2nd ed.). Hoboken: Wiley Blackwell.    

Johnson, K. (2008) An introduction to foreign language learning and teaching Harlow: Longman. Chapter 2 available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva.

Kramsch, C. (1998) Language and culture ISBN: 0194372146 (pbk). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Kramsch, C. (2006) From communicative competence to symbolic competence. The modern language journal. ISSN: 0026-7902, 90(2), 249-252.

Kramsch, C. (2009) The multilingual subject : what foreign language learners say about their experience and why it matters ISBN: 9780194424783 (pbk.); 0194424782 (pbk.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. Chapter 1 available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva.

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.

Norton, B. (2013) Identity and Language Learning: Extending the conversation (2nd ed.). Bristol: Multilingual Matters.

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

Tarone, E., & Swierzbin, B. (2009) Exploring learner language ISBN: 9780194422918 (pbk.); 0194422917 (pbk.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Tarone, E., & Yule, G. (1989) Focus on the Language Learner ISBN: 0194370615 (pbk): Approaches to meeting the needs of second language learners. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Vanpatten, B. & Williams, J. (2007) Theories in second language acquisition : an introduction Abingdon: Routledge. Chapter 10 available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva.

van Lier, L. (2004) The ecology and semiotics of language learning : a sociocultural perspective ISBN: 1402079931 (pb : alk. paper); 1402079044 (hb : alk. paper); 1402079125 (ebk). Boston: Springer.

Vygotsky, L. S. (1978) Mind in society : the development of higher psychological processes ISBN: 0674576292 (pbk); 0674576284. Cambridge, MA.: Harvard University Press.

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. Chapter 9 available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva.

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 03/12/2020