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Ellis 1985


Ellis, Rod. 1985. Understanding second language acquisition . Oxford: Oxford University Press. 291pp.


Key issues related to L2 (second language) acquisition. L1 (mother tongue) role. The "natural route" of development. SLA (second language acquisition) and learner differences. SLA and interaction. Learner strategies. Universal hypothesis and SLA. Formal instruction in SLA. Theories of SLA. Glossary and index.


A standard textbook in its time. Now superceded by Ellis's later and more exhaustive work, Ellis 1994.

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