This book examines different theoretical perspectives on the role
that interaction plays in second language acquisition. The
principal perspectives are those afforded by the Interaction
Hypothesis, Socio-Cultural Theory and the Levels of Processing
model. Interaction is, therefore, defined broadly; it is seen as
involving both intermental and intramental activity. The
theoretical perspectives are explored empirically in a series of
studies which investigate the relationship between aspects of
interaction and second language acquisition. A number of these
studies consider the effects of interaction on the acquisition of
vocabulary (word meanings) by both adult and child L2 learners. In
addition, the effects of language aptitude on input processing are
considered. Further studies consider the contribution that
interaction makes to the acquisition of grammatical knowledge.
These studies provide clear evidence that social and intermental
interaction are major forces in the acquisition of an L2. Finally,
the book, considers a number of pedagogic specifications. In
particular, the importance of discourse control as a means of
learners' obtaining the quality of interaction likely to foster
acquisition is discussed.
John Benjamins Publishing Co
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