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What is theory of language and learning?

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    To add on to Jura's excellent references re: SLA -- there is a also body of research that deals with how adults acquire second and foreign languages. Learning a language as second language as an adult is a different process than acquiring your mother tongue. See Krashen's ideas on input hypothesis, L+1, the affective filter. Krashen is like the guy in ELT (English language teaching) everybody loves to hate, except that his ideas are intuitively right-on. I liked reading Michael Lewis on the Lexical Approach, which is ideas about teaching in a way that reflect how people chunk and organize language in the mind. He popularized Nattinger's ideas about "the lexical approach" to learning languages -- e.g. teaching collocations, concordances and chunking. It's been a few years since I learned this stuff so comments and further examples from others would be great.

    Theories of language acquisition and development are nearly always closely tied in with elementary education and teaching methods. The acquisition of language, in other words, has normally been closely integrated with learning in general. Three major theorists of language, L. Vygotsky, J. Bruner and J. Piaget all dealt with the basic variables that explained language as parallel with learning development.

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