Memory, Psychology and Second Language Learning

| British University in Dubai
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This book explores the contributions that cognitive linguistics and psychology, including neuropsychology, have made to the understanding of the way that second languages are processed and learnt. It examines areas of phonology, word recognition and semantics, examining ‘bottom-up’ decoding processes as compared with ‘top-down’ processes as they affect memory. It also discusses second language learning from the acquisition/learning and nativist/connectionist perspectives. These ideas are then related to the methods that are used to teach second languages, primarily English, in formal classroom situations. This examination involves both ‘mainstream’ communicative approaches, and more traditional methods widely used to teach EFL throughout the world. The book is intended to act both as a textbook for students who are studying second language teaching and as an exploration of issues for the interested teacher who would like to further extend their understanding of the cognitive processes underlying their teaching.

Mick Randall is currently Senior Lecturer in TESOL and Head of the Institute of Education at the British University in Dubai. He has taught courses in second language learning and teaching, applied linguistics and psychology in a number of different contexts. He has a special interest in the cognitive processing of language and in the psycholinguistics of word recognition, spelling and reading.

[Language Learning & Language Teaching, 19]  2007.  x, 220 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Preface
vii–viii
Acknowledgements
ix
Introduction
1–4
Chapter 1. Looking critically at the Field: What sort of evidence do psychology and linguistics provide about Second language learning?
5–30
Chapter 2. Taking in and sorting out the information: Extracting features from the spoken message
31–52
Chapter 3. Decoding print: Processes of word recognition in a second language
53–85
Chapter 4. Using background knowledge to interpret the message
87–100
Chapter 5. Making sense: The structure of semantic memory and the mental lexicon
101–124
Chapter 6. Making it stick: Learning theories applied to SL/FL learning
125–146
Chapter 7. Second language learning methodologies and cognitive processing
147–175
Endnote
177–181
Workbook
183–201
Bibliography
203–215
Index
217–219
“Randall's book can prove quite useful to anyone interested in gaining a general insight to the main aspects of psycholinguistics with respect to second language learning...the book provides very useful information for language teachers,especially in the last two chapters.”
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CFDM – Bilingualism & multilingualism
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2007018286