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LEARNING A FOREIGN LANGUAGE


en Hardback – oct 2020
This text helps monolinguals achieve their dream of learning another language. Each chapter explains and exemplifies issues inherent in the language learning process that readers need to understand. These include maintaining motivation, dealing with errors, being strategic, and assessing progress. Readers receive advice on the practical steps they can take to make learning more effective and enjoyable. They also gain exposure to the methods and techniques used to research language learning. While doing so, they become aware of child language development, the evolution of language, language's relationship to culture, and other fundamental areas of linguistics. Readers also confront limitations related to age and learn about the necessity of having realistic expectations concerning pronunciation, grammar production, word usage, and cultural knowledge. Questions following the end of every chapter encourage readers to reflect on the information presented and how they can use it. The text's focus on first-time language learners and straightforward style make it accessible for high school students, college language majors, and those independently pursuing a language.
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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9781475854176
ISBN-10: 147585417X
Pagini: 150
Dimensiuni: 152 x 229 x 16 mm
Greutate: 0.37 kg
Editura: Rowman & Littlefield

Cuprins

Preface

Introduction

Chapter 1: Getting and Staying Motivated

Chapter 2: Dealing with Reality: Age, Aptitude, and Smarts

Chapter 3: Comprehension and Enjoyment: The Keys to Acquiring Grammar and Vocabulary

Chapter 4: Errors: Keys to Getting Ahead

Chapter 5: The Importance of Being Strategic

Chapter 6: Cultural Awareness: Feelings, Words, and Bodies

Chapter 7: Assess Yourself

Chapter 8: Relax: It¿s Only a Language

Notă biografică

Alex Poole, PhD, is an applied linguist and professor of English at Western Kentucky University. His research interests include Spanish-English bilingualism, grammar instruction, and reading strategies. He regularly publishes his work in academic journals and presents at national and international conferences. He teaches courses on language acquisition, the history of English, language pedagogy, grammar, and composition.