How Languages are Learned e-book

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How Languages are Learned e-book

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English-Speaking Union's Duke of Edinburgh Book Prize 1993

A thoroughly updated edition of this prize-winning, readable introduction to the main theories of first and second language acquisition.

This book introduces you to some of the language acquisition research that will help you not just to evaluate existing materials, but also to adapt and use them in a way that fits what we currently understand about how languages are learned.

-Content including new research and new areas in pedagogy to provide an up-to-date and comprehensive overview of research in the field.
-Chapter Preview s and Summaries with round-up questions.
-Companion website with vodcasts, content updates, and shared user content.
-Also available as an e-book.

  • ISBN: 978-0-19-454129-9

Now in its 4th edition, How Languages are Learned is highly valued for the way it relates language acquisition theory to classroom teaching and learning and draws practical implications from the research for the language classroom.

How Languages are Learned is widely used as a reference book on teacher training courses, and for new and experienced practising teachers.

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Key features

  • Relates theories of first and second language acquisition to what actually goes on in the classroom
  • Uses activities throughout to explore the practical implications of the ideas presented
  • NEW Updated content gives teachers information about recent research on L2 learning
  • NEW Activities and Questions for Reflection personalise content and support critical thinking
  • NEW Extra Activities, Study Questions, and videos available online at


  • How Languages Are Learned, 4th edn. P. Lightbrown & N. Spada. (2013) Oxford U. Press. ISBN 978-0-19-454126-8; 256pp+. This edition of the standard introductory work on this subject is over 20 pp. longer than the 3rd edition. A strong feature of this admirable book is its concise, clear summaries of important research findings. The chapters are; Language learning in early childhood, Second language learning (SLL), Individual differences in SLL, Explaining SLL, Observing learning and teaching in the SL classroom, SLL in the classroom, and Popular ideas about language learning revisited. Extra activities, study questions, and videos are available online at
    - The Teacher Trainer Journal, Vol 29/3


New resources to complement the book are available at
  • Sample material from the fourth edition, including new 'Questions for Reflection'
  • Discussion Questions organized per chapter
  • Supplementary Activities for teachers
  • Editable chapter summaries
  • Weblinks to related content on other websites


How Languages are Learned 4th edition is also available in ebook format from:

Part of... Oxford Handbooks for Language Teachers

Each title in the series is intended to serve both as a basis for training courses and seminars, and as a reference text.

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