Post information, resources, and tips regarding topics related to second language acquisition (SLA) here.



One of the difficulties in assembling a page of resources on this topic is that SLA means different things to different audiences. To researchers, it refers to a body of scholarly literature based on empirical research that offers insights into the ways that people learn a second language. By contrast, practitioners often tend to use the term to encapsulate a range of methods and approaches for teaching a second language (many of which have emerged from or been described by the above-mentioned research). Since this page is primarily designed to assist beginning teachers in understanding more about the why behind the way students acquire language skills, we will include links to both kinds of materials. - chericem1 chericem1




Annotated Bibliography: Articles on SLA, ESL, and Bilingual Education - chericem1 chericem1

Communicative Language Teaching - chericem1 chericem1

Content-based Second Language Instruction: What is it? - Excellent, research-based, bullet point overview of content-based instruction in second language learning. Links to planning templates, sample units, and a bibliography of related research - chericem1 chericem1

Principles of L2 Teaching Methods & Approaches - A collection of brief descriptions re: common methods that have historically been used in foreign language education - chericem1 chericem1

Should We Teach Grammar? A debate on the pros and cons of grammar instruction - Anny1 Anny1

The Four Strands - A paper by Paul Nation outlining a balanced approach to L2 instruction.

Comprehensible Input- Krashen's idea about how to create having input just isn't enough. It has to be comprehensible! - cartierm cartierm

SLA and Bilingual Education- Ideas about how ESL students and literacy in their first language (L1) increases their second language learning. Also talks about how bilingual education can be improved, and the issues surrounding the bilingual education debate. - cartierm cartierm