Processing Instruction: Theory, Research, and Commentary - Second Language Acquisition Research Series (Paperback)Bill VanPatten (editor)
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The contents include empirical papers presenting new data that demonstrate both the theoretical and pedagogical threads of research. Aside from simply establishing where PI stands in the field of instructed SLA, the book addresses issues, such as processing instruction versus other types of instruction; the impact of processing instruction on various linguistic structures; the role of explicit information in instructional intervention; and the long-term effects of processing instruction. Each section of the book is highlighted by commentaries from noted researchers in instructed SLA. An attempt was made to include voices that offer critical perspectives on various issues of PI research. The book achieves an unusually balanced approach to a subject that has stirred debate in the field.
Processing Instruction: Theory, Research, and Commentary will serve as an important source of information regarding research methodology and replication in second language acquisition. It will also be useful in graduate courses where students need exposure to research design and is especially useful for illustrating the usefulness of replication in SLA research.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 360
Weight: 499 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
"...this book is an excellent choice for teacher-researchers who are interested in exploring how and why the quality of the one instructional element they have lost control over - input - may facilitate acquisition when it is structured to address identifiable learner difficulties. For those who are familiar with the PI pedagogical and research literature, this is an essential work for providing a current and engaging discussion of relevant issues in processing theory and predagogical practice."
-Language Teaching Research
"...recommend this volume to all SLA researchers and practitioners who are looking for the next big theoretical undertaking that also has insights for the classroom."
"The edited volume here represents an important milestone in this program of work and will be a useful resource for SLA scholars interested in the problems of relating form and meaning to language. The volume succeeds admirably in doing all this and thereby provides the reader with a full balanced over view of the field. The book is informative, interesting, and thought-provoking....a well-rounded account of where PI research is today and provides some thoughtful observations on its accomplishments, limits, and future directions."
-Studies in Second Language Acquisition
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