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On Being a Language TeacherA Personal and Practical Guide to Success$
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Norma Lopez-Burton and Denise Minor

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300186895

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300186895.001.0001

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History of Second Language Acquisition

History of Second Language Acquisition

(p.97) 5 History of Second Language Acquisition
On Being a Language Teacher

Denise Minor

Yale University Press

This chapter reviews research that has emerged since the 1960s, research that has led to the development of the most effective ways for teaching a second language. It focuses on the essential theories that hook together like the links of a chain: Universal Grammar, the mind’s Language Acquisition Device (LAD); Acquisition vs. Learning; Input +1; Whole Language; Output; interaction and communication; investment in the second language (L2); and motivation. The chapter also considers research focused on the role of grammar instruction in the second language classroom.

Keywords:   language teachers, teaching, pedagogical approach, second language, grammar instruction

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