Educational Settings and Second Language Learning

| December 28, 2007
Educational Settings and Second Language Learning

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Rod Ellis
Chang Jiang Scholar of Shanghai International Studies University and University of Auckland

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Professor Ellis, a renowned linguist, received his Doctorate from the University of London and his Master of Education from the University of Bristol. A former professor at Temple University both in Japan and the US, Prof. Ellis has taught in numerous positions in England, Japan, the US, Zambia and New Zealand. Dr. Ellis, who is known as the “Father of Second Language Acquisition”, has served as the Director of the Institute of Language Teaching and Learning at the University of Auckland. Author of numerous student and teacher training textbooks for Prentice Hall and Oxford University Press, Prof. Ellis’s textbooks on Second Language Acquisition and Grammar are core textbooks in TESOL and Linguistics programs around the world.

A general distinction can be drawn between natural and educational settings. The former arise in the course of the learners contact with other speakers of the L2 in a variety of situations—in the workplace, at home, through the media, at international conferences, in business meetings, etc. The latter are traditionally found in institutions such as schools and universities but, increasingly, in computer-mediated environments. There will be some learners who experience the L2 entirely in natural settings and others whose only contact with it is in educational settings. Many learners will experience the L2 in both natural and educational settings. The focus of this article is educational settings.

See pages 11-27

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