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A Cognitive Approach to Language Learning

A Cognitive Approach to Language Learning Peter Skehan. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998. Pp. vii + 294. The field of applied linguistics has seen an explosion of comprehensive titles on second language acquisition and pedagogy as separate entities; however, the field does not often see the fusion of L2 theory with a specific pedagogical method. A Cognitive Approach to Language Learning presents this fusion by integrating theories of language learning with L2 pedagogy, specifically task-based instruction. In the introduction of his book, Skehan states an intention to address topics in the field that he feels have not been given the attention they deserve, such as current findings within psycholinguistics, the synthesis of theory and pedagogy, and a focus on differential accounts for language learning. The book begins with a brief overview of earlier theories of language production and comprehension, which serves as a springboard for a discussion of recent psycholinguistic models. In chapters 1–4, Skehan presents the work of Krashen, Van Patten, Bialystok, and other researchers in order to provide a basic understanding of language acquisition and psycholinguistic theory. This discussion is then used as a rationale for his advocacy of task-based language instruction (TBI) and task-based language testing. According to Skehan, task-based pedagogy http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Tesol Quarterly Wiley

A Cognitive Approach to Language Learning

Tesol Quarterly , Volume 33 (4) – Dec 1, 1999

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Wiley
Copyright
1999 TESOL International Association
ISSN
0039-8322
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1545-7249
DOI
10.2307/3587891
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Peter Skehan. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998. Pp. vii + 294. The field of applied linguistics has seen an explosion of comprehensive titles on second language acquisition and pedagogy as separate entities; however, the field does not often see the fusion of L2 theory with a specific pedagogical method. A Cognitive Approach to Language Learning presents this fusion by integrating theories of language learning with L2 pedagogy, specifically task-based instruction. In the introduction of his book, Skehan states an intention to address topics in the field that he feels have not been given the attention they deserve, such as current findings within psycholinguistics, the synthesis of theory and pedagogy, and a focus on differential accounts for language learning. The book begins with a brief overview of earlier theories of language production and comprehension, which serves as a springboard for a discussion of recent psycholinguistic models. In chapters 1–4, Skehan presents the work of Krashen, Van Patten, Bialystok, and other researchers in order to provide a basic understanding of language acquisition and psycholinguistic theory. This discussion is then used as a rationale for his advocacy of task-based language instruction (TBI) and task-based language testing. According to Skehan, task-based pedagogy

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