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Children Learning Second Languages is a four-part comprehensive guide to current research and debate related to second language learning in childhood, the age factor and the relationship between research and classroom practice.
 

  • Part 1 covers child development, L1 and L2 language learning processes in childhood and offers a guide to contexts from foreign language learning at school to immersion education and bilingual/trilingual acquisition at home.
  • Part 2 gives a bird's eye view of current research in the area of child SLA and pedagogy highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of different traditions and types of research. This is followed by a close examination of eight case studies.
  • Part 3 is devoted to issues of future research priorities by discussing methodological and ethical difficulties in child focused research and outlining 15 feasible studies for the future.
  • Part 4 offers some resources including hands-on teaching materials, handbooks, theoretical books, details of organizations and projects in the broad area of child second language learning.

 


Description


Children Learning Second Languages is a four-part comprehensive guide to current research and debate related to second language learning in childhood, the age factor and the relationship between research and classroom practice.
 

  • Part 1 covers child development, L1 and L2 language learning processes in childhood and offers a guide to contexts from foreign language learning at school to immersion education and bilingual/trilingual acquisition at home.
  • Part 2 gives a bird's eye view of current research in the area of child SLA and pedagogy highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of different traditions and types of research. This is followed by a close examination of eight case studies.
  • Part 3 is devoted to issues of future research priorities by discussing methodological and ethical difficulties in child focused research and outlining 15 feasible studies for the future.
  • Part 4 offers some resources including hands-on teaching materials, handbooks, theoretical books, details of organizations and projects in the broad area of child second language learning.

 


Reviews


'The book not only presents a very comprehensive discussion of current research in the area of childhood second language learning but also generates insights into current debates on the relationship between research and classroom practice.' - Harry Kuchah, IAFTEFL Children and Teenagers' Magazine
 
'...this book succeeds extremely well in achieving its aims...the book as a whole contains a clear, confident, and consistent authorial voice...I feel this book breaks new ground and I recommend it to anyone interested in finding out more about what is known and what still needs to be known about how children learn an L2.' - ELT
 
'Children Learning Second Languages is a recent addition to a Plagrave Macmillan series that aims to examine the relationship between research and classroom practice... I feel that this book is likely to appeal mostly to MA students and researchers with no or reduced teaching loads and access to guidance from staff on formal academic study programmes... It provides an informed overview of language learning processes and links research and pedagogical considrations over a vast range of contexts and ages wih considerable flair and aplomb.' Simon Smith, - ELT


Contents

list of Tables
Series Editors' Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction
PART I: BACKGROUND TO CHILD SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION AND PEDAGOGY
Theories of Child Development
language learning Processes in Childhood: First and Second languages
Contexts for language Acquisition in Childhood
PART II: OVERVIEW OF RESEARCH STUDIES
Child SlA and Pedagogy:A Broad Overview of Approaches to Research
Case Studies: Interactions between Research and Practice
PART III: ISSUES IN FUTURE RESEARCH AND PRACTICE
Exploring Ethical and Methodological Issues in Research Involving Children
Some Feasible Studies for Future Research
PART IV: RESOURCES
Resources in the Area of Child SlA and Pedagogy
References
Index


Authors

ANNAMARIA PINTER Associate Professor at the Centre for Applied Linguistics at the University of Warwick, UK. She is responsible for the MA in Young Learners programme and teaches and supervises in child SLA and pedagogy, and language teacher education. She is the author of Teaching Young Language Learners (2006).