A comprehensive and coherent account of the research and theory in the field of second language acquisition, including chapters on instructed SLA.This book is an encyclopedic survey of second language acquisition research as this has developed over the last forty years. It provides sections on the description of learners' language, the role of the linguistic environment and social context, internal mechanisms, individual learner differences, and the role of instruction. It provides a balanced account by representing a variety of perspectives, including cognitive, linguistic, sociocultural, and
"'...highly recommended to graduate students of TESOL/Applied Linguistics who want to have snapshots of the major themes, trends and research findings in SLA. University faculty and researchers...will see its value as a handy encyclopaedia, while practitioners ...will also find it tremendously useful.'<br /><em>Lawrence Jun Zhang, System 38 Book Reviews</em>"