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The development of theories of second language acquisition

Myles, F (2010) 'The development of theories of second language acquisition.' Language Teaching, 43 (3). 320 - 332. ISSN 0261-4448

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Second language acquisition (SLA) is a relatively new field of enquiry. Before the late 1960s, educators did write about L2 learning, but very much as an adjunct of language teaching pedagogy, underpinned by behaviourism, the then-dominant learning theory in psychology. In this view, the task facing learners of foreign languages was to rote-learn and practise the grammatical patterns and vocabulary of the language to be learnt, in order to form new habits, that is to create new stimulus-response pairings which would become stronger with reinforcement. In order for the old habits of the L1 not to interfere with this process by being copied, or transferred, into the L2, researchers embarked on thorough descriptions of pairs of languages to be learnt, in order to identify areas that are different and would thus be difficult. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2010.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Language and Linguistics, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2012 15:18
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2019 10:16

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