How Languages are Learned
An introduction to the main theories of first and second language acquisition (now in
a new, updated edition).
Patsy M. Lightbown and Nina Spada
• Relates theories of first and second language acquisition to what actually goes
on in the classroom
• Uses activities and projects throughout to explore the practical implications of
the ideas presented
• Suitable for teacher training courses as well as for new and experienced
• New: Explores recent theories such as skill learning, connectionism, and the
• New: Includes more on current theories of first language acquisition and early
bilingualism, and factors affecting learning such as motivation and learning styles
• New: Includes a fully revised classroom learning section, with examples from a
wider range of ethnic, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds.
An updated edition of this prize-winning introduction to the main theories of first and second language acquisition.
Reviews and Awards
English-Speaking Union's Duke of Edinburgh Book Prize 1993
Published: 27 April 2006