This new title in the McGraw-Hill Second Language Professional Series provides an eminently accessible overview of key issues in second language acquisition research, written expressly for second language teachers. Avoiding highly technical jargon and terminology, the author gives a compelling account of current research while couching it within a framework that is of particular relevance to classroom practitioners. The result is an engaging reference that should be required reading for all language instructors and department heads. This book is also ideal for a teaching methods course or an introductory seminar on second language acquisition.
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Bill VanPatten is Professor and Director of Second Language Studies at Texas Tech University. His areas of research are input and input processing in second language acquisition and the effects of formal instruction on acquisitional processes. He has published widely in the fields of second language acquisition and language teaching and is a frequent conference speaker and presenter. In addition to Sol y viento, he is also the lead author of ¿Sabías que... ? (McGraw-Hill) and Vistazos (McGraw-Hill). He is also the lead author and designer of Destinos and co-author with James F. Lee of Making Communicative Language Teaching Happen (McGraw-Hill). He is also the author of Input Processing and Grammar Instruction: Theory and Research (1996, Ablex/Greenwood) and From input to Output: A Teacher’s Guide to Second Language Acquisition (McGraw-Hill), and he is the editor of Processing Instruction: Theory, Research, and Commentary (2004, Erlbaum). Dr. VanPatten is the 2007 recipient of the Anthony Papalia Award for Excellence in Teacher Education, awarded jointly by ACTFL and NYSAFLT. When not engaged in academic activities, he writes fiction and performs stand-up comedy. He has recently published his first work of fiction, a collection of short stories titled Chicago Tales, published by Outskirts Press (2007).
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