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Second Language Learning and Language Teaching

Cook Vivian (2013). Second Language Learning and LanguageTeaching. London: Routledge Press

In this book, Cook provides a discussion on various applications ofsecond language acquisition (SLA) research on important methodologiesthat fosters easier and effective learning. The scope of the bookprovides wide range of language teaching aspects for second languagelearning. In Chapter one the book covers the general background ofsecond language learning, grammar is covered in Chapter two,vocabulary is covered Chapter three, pronunciation in Chapter fourwhile Chapter 5 investigates the writing systems for foreign languagelearning. The next Chapters cover learners and teaching strategiesfor second language learning. Overall, Cook’s book presentsinsightful aspects that can be used while teaching and learningforeign language.

DaSilva, I. A. C., Jacobs, G. M., &amp McCafferty, S. G. (2006).Cooperative learning and second language teaching. Cambridge:Cambridge Univ. Press

The book explores broad range of learning practices that enhancecooperative learning in class. The authors present discussion on howcooperative learning maximizes the learning outcomes for all types ofstudents. In particular, the book examines the benefits ofcooperative learning especially in EFL classroom. The authorsperspective is that in the same way cooperative learning has provedan effective aid in facilitating learning in other subjects, it iseffective in encouraging learners take active roles in learning andenhance teachers’ communication skills. As such, the authorsprovides insightful tenets on how cooperative learning can be tappedto improve learning of foreign language by building supportiveclassrooms, personality development, group formation and establishingstudent and teachers roles that fosters easier learning.

Gordon, T. (2006). Teaching young children a second language.Westport, Conn: Praeger Publishers.

In this book, Gordon presents an insightful discussion on variousaspects of enhancing learning and teaching proficiency in secondlanguage for young children. The author’s perspective is that,young children are better placed to learn second language because ofsocial, psychological and educational factors. However, the authornotes that a special approach is needed in classroom while teachingsecond language to children than adults. In particular, the authorexplains that young learners have cognitive, social, emotional andphysical development needs that should to be considered whileassessing the motivation needs required to enhance second languagelearning. As such, different teaching approach needs to be used suchas portfolios, peer-assessment and observation. The book is thus anessential tool in understanding important tenets of learning andteaching L2 for young children

McGarry, R. G. (2012). Teaching English as a second language:Giving new learners an everyday grammar. Jefferson, N.C:McFarland &amp Co.

In this book the author focuses on grammar for conversational speechand examines on cultural differences in language use as well as thepattern of neuroscience speech patterns. The book provides wide rangeof illustrations to enhance the teachers and learners understandimportant tenets for foreign language. In particular, the book goesbeyond the speech, tense and other aspects of learning foreignlanguage such as cultural and biological predispositions thatinfluence effective second language learning. In this way, the bookis insightful and important in contributing to research topic onlearning issues for second language learning.

Norris, J. M., &amp Ortega, L. (2006). Synthesizing research onlanguage learning and teaching. Philadelphia, PA: John Benjamins.

In this book, Norris explores on the pedagogical stylistic approachesused while learning and teaching second language to students inschools. The author synthesizes various researches on learning andteaching styles used and critiques the some approaches used. After,synthesizing various pedagogical styles used in different places, theauthor presents his recommendation on what constitutes effectivepedagogical styles for teaching second language. According to theauthor, teaching second language needs to build learners awareness,improve L2 performance and build learners academic skills. Bysynthesizing various approaches used in teaching second language, theauthor presents an effective meta-analysis that can be used tounderstand which learning approaches are more effective in L2.

Pawlak, M. (2011). Extending the boundaries of research on secondlanguage learning and teaching. Berlin: Springer.

Pawlak presents a wide range of extensive research on teachers’classroom practices for learning second language. In the book, theauthor presents research from other authors on various teachingpractices such as the use of visual input enhancement and theinfluence in learning foreign language, grammar instructionaldesigns, online resources for leaning second language, cultural andintercultural factors. In addition, the book covers wide range ofresearch on learners’ individual aspects that inhibit effectivesecond language learning such as anxiety and intelligence. Lastly,the book covers research on teachers’ practices, methodologies andindividual traits that influence the learning of second language. Inthis way, Pawlak book provides insightful details from practicalresearch on various aspects of second language learning.

References

Cook Vivian (2013). Second Language Learning and LanguageTeaching. London: Routledge Press

DaSilva, I. A. C., Jacobs, G. M. &amp McCafferty, S. G. (2006).Cooperative learning and second language teaching. Cambridge[u. a.: Cambridge Univ. Press

Gordon, T. (2006). Teaching young children a second language.Westport, Conn: Praeger Publishers.

McGarry, R. G. (2012). Teaching English as a second language:Giving new learners an everyday grammar. Jefferson, N.C:McFarland &amp Co.

Norris, J. M., &amp Ortega, L. (2006). Synthesizing research onlanguage learning and teaching. Philadelphia, PA: John Benjamins.

Pawlak, M. (2011). Extending the boundaries of research on secondlanguage learning and teaching. Berlin: Springer.

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