Ch 4: Second Language Acquisition Overview

About This Chapter

This comprehensive overview of second language acquisition can help you prepare for and excel on an upcoming test. Watch our fun video lessons and take the accompanying quizzes to strengthen your knowledge in a short period of time.

Second Language Acquisition Overview - Chapter Summary

Gaining greater insight into second language acquisition is easy using this chapter's engaging video lessons. Our instructors offer in-depth examinations of interlanguage, the relationship between native language and second language acquisition and related concepts. Upon completion of this chapter, you will be able to:

  • List and describe the stages of language acquisition
  • Showcase knowledge of second language acquisition in children
  • Explain the role native language plays in the acquisition of a second language
  • Discuss the characteristics and development of bilingualism
  • Describe the formation and effects of interlanguage
  • Differentiate between informal and formal language in language acquisition

Every lesson in this chapter is available as a video that averages eight minutes and a full transcript you can read online or print. This flexibility allows you to easily align your test preparations with your study preferences. Paired with each lesson is a multiple-choice quiz designed to assess your understanding of key concepts while gauging your progress through this chapter. Around-the-clock mobile access lets you to utilize these study tools whenever and wherever you desire!

6 Lessons in Chapter 4: Second Language Acquisition Overview
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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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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