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Ch 6: Second Language Acquisition & Development

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If you need some help studying second language development and acquisition, take a look at this informative chapter. Designed to help you prepare for an exam or catch up in class, the chapter's lessons and quizzes are mobile friendly and accessible 24 hours a day.

Second Language Acquisition & Development - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, our professional instructors outline second language development and acquisition through a series of bite-sized lessons. You'll study the theories and stages of language acquisition, bilingualism and interlanguage, among other topics. After you complete this chapter, you should be ready to complete the following objectives:

  • Outline second language acquisition in children
  • Explain the role of native language in second language acquisition
  • Discuss the characteristics and development of bilingualism
  • Identify the effects of bilingualism on language acquisition
  • Detail the effects and formation of interlanguage
  • Differentiate between formal and informal language in language acquisition
  • Describe the social and personal factors involved in second language development
  • Discuss the social and political issues that affect second language learning

It's easy to study with our professionally-designed and mobile-friendly learning resources. Your Dashboard allows you to track your progress through the chapter and get help from our subject matter experts if needed. The lesson quizzes and chapter test can assess your knowledge of second language acquisition before you take an exam.

8 Lessons in Chapter 6: Second Language Acquisition & Development
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What Is Language Acquisition? - Theories & Stages

1. What Is Language Acquisition? - Theories & Stages

How do non-speaking infants become vocal toddlers? Is learning language a natural event, or are we taught how to speak from those around us? Read on to discover theories on how we develop language and learn to communicate.

Second Language Acquisition in Children

2. Second Language Acquisition in Children

This lesson explains the stages passed through on the road toward second language acquisition. It specifically focuses on children who are considered sequential second language learners.

The Role of Native Language in Second Language Acquisition

3. The Role of Native Language in Second Language Acquisition

In this lesson we explore the various schools of thought surrounding the use of native language in second-language education, ranging from using it often to not using it at all.

Bilingualism: Characteristics & Development

4. Bilingualism: Characteristics & Development

Bilingualism is the norm, not the exception in the world. This lesson will talk about the characteristics of bilingualism and describe factors that influence the development of bilingualism.

Interlanguage: Definition, Formation & Effects

5. Interlanguage: Definition, Formation & Effects

This lesson describes the four characteristics of interlanguage and the five factors in the interlanguage process, along with an example for each factor. It explains the process of fossilization and the importance of interlanguage to L2 teachers.

Informal vs. Formal Language in Language Acquisition

6. Informal vs. Formal Language in Language Acquisition

English language learners learn formally, through instruction, or informally. Which is best? This lesson identifies the differences between the two and discusses the benefits of each to help you understand best practices for language development.

Personal & Social Factors in Second Language Development

7. Personal & Social Factors in Second Language Development

Personal and social factors play an important role in the development of a second language, and, in this lesson, you'll learn about some of these factors.

Political & Social Issues in Second Language Learning

8. Political & Social Issues in Second Language Learning

Learning a second language by itself is a big challenge for students; additional social and political issues can have an additional impact on students. This lesson explores those issues.

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