The Routledge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition brings together fifty leading international figures in the field to produce a state-of-the-art overview of Second Language Acquisition.

The Handbook covers a wide range of topics related to Second Language Acquisition: language in context, linguistic, psycholinguistic, and neurolinguistic theories and perspectives, skill learning, individual differences, L2 learning settings, and language assessment. All chapters introduce the reader to the topic, outline the core issues, then explore the pedagogical application of research in the area and possible future development.

The Routledge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition is an essential resource for all those studying and researching Second Language Acquisition.

chapter |4 pages


BySusan M. Gass, Alison Mackey

part |83 pages

Language in context

chapter |17 pages

Interactionist approach

ByAlison Mackey, Rebekha Abbuhl, Susan M. Gass

chapter |17 pages

The role of feedback

ByShawn Loewen

chapter |16 pages

Variationist perspectives

ByRobert Bayley, Elaine Tarone

chapter |16 pages

Sociocultural theory

A dialectical approach to L2 research
ByJames P. Lantolf

chapter |15 pages

Complexity theory

ByDiane Larsen-Freeman

part |88 pages

Linguistic perspectives

chapter |15 pages

Second language phonology

ByFred R. Eckman

chapter |20 pages

L2 semantics *

ByRoumyana Slabakova

chapter |16 pages

Pragmatics in second language acquisition

ByKathleen Bardovi-Harlig

chapter |14 pages


ByBatia Laufer, I. S. P. Nation

part |123 pages

Psycholinguistic and neurolinguistic perspectives

chapter |14 pages

Second language processing

ByNorman Segalowitz, Pavel Trofimovich

chapter |17 pages

The logic of the unified model

ByBrian MacWhinney

chapter |19 pages

Processability theory

ByManfred Pienemann, Jörg-U. Keßler

chapter |21 pages

Attention and awareness in second language acquisition

ByPeter Robinson, Alison Mackey, Susan M. Gass, Richard Schmidt

chapter |14 pages

Input processing

ByBill VanPatten

chapter |18 pages

The neurocognition of second language

ByKara Morgan-Short, Michael T. Ullman

part |77 pages

Skill learning

chapter |16 pages

Development of second language reading skills

Cross-linguistic perspectives
ByKeiko Koda

chapter |16 pages

The acquisition of second language writing

ByCharlene Polio

chapter |14 pages

Second language speech production

ByLucy Pickering

chapter |15 pages

Second language speech perception

A cross-disciplinary perspective on challenges and accomplishments
ByDebra M. Hardison

part |143 pages

Individual differences

chapter |15 pages

Language aptitude

ByPeter Skehan

chapter |14 pages


ByEma Ushioda, Zoltán Dörnyei

chapter |17 pages

Identity, agency, and second language acquisition *

ByPatricia A. Duff

chapter |15 pages

Working memory and SLA

ByJohn N. Williams

chapter |19 pages

Age effects in second language learning

ByRobert DeKeyser

chapter |15 pages

The role of educational level, literacy, and orality in L2 learning

ByMartha Bigelow, Jill Watson

chapter |15 pages

Heritage languages and L2 learning

ByOlga Kagan, Kathleen Dillon

chapter |16 pages

Advanced language proficiency

ByHeidi Byrnes

part |47 pages

The setting for learning

chapter |16 pages

Learning through immersion during study abroad *

BySally Sieloff Magnan, Barbara A. Lafford

chapter |14 pages

Classroom research

ByJessica Williams

chapter |15 pages

Language learning through technology

ByTrude Heift, Carol A. Chapelle

part |19 pages


chapter |17 pages

Assessing learner knowledge

ByJohn M. Norris, Lourdes Ortega