This book provides an overview of current resarch on the age factor in foreign language learning addressing issues which are critical for language planning. It presents new research on foreign language learning within bilingual communities in formal instruction settings, focusing on syntax, phonology, writing, oral skills and learning strategies.
The volume sets itself apart from other books focusing on the age factor because (i) it deals with the acquisition of a foreing, rather than a second, language and (ii) it discusses issues surrounding the learning of English as a third language in two bilingual communities: the Basque Country and Catalonia.
The book is addressed to both professionals and graduate students interested in foreign language acquistiion. It will also be of use to language planners in general and specifically to those in multilingual communities where a foregn language is introduced at school.
he Linguist List (9-10-2003)
- ATLANTIS (Revista de la Asociación Española de Estudios
Anglo-Norteamericanos) 2003, XXV(2): 137-141.
- System: An International Journal of Educational Technology
and Applied Linguistics. 2006, 34(1): 151-154.
- P. Lightbown and N. Spada. 2006 (1999). How Languages are Learned. Oxford: Oxford University Press. The book appears in the recommended bibliography (p. 212)
- Center for Applied Languages. Washington D.C. (www.cal.org) Why, how and when should my child learn a second language?