Encyclopedia of Language and Education

Second Language Education

  • G. Richard Tucker
  • David Corson

Part of the Encyclopedia of Language and Education book series (LANG, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Theoretical Underpinnings

  3. Focus on the Learner

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Rebecca L. Oxford
      Pages 23-31
    3. David Singleton
      Pages 43-50
    4. Kees De Bot
      Pages 51-59
  4. Focus on the Delivery of Instruction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
    2. Else V. Hamayan
      Pages 85-93
    3. Barbara Burnaby
      Pages 95-104
    4. Britt-Louise Gunnarsson
      Pages 105-117
  5. Focus on Professional Preparation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-119
    2. H. G. Widdowson
      Pages 121-129
    3. Udo O.H. Jung
      Pages 131-139
    4. Elana Shohamy
      Pages 141-149
  6. Focus on Selected Regions of the World

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 241-272

About this book


In many parts of the world, it is common for a child to grow up speaking a local language at home, another in the market place, adding another to her repertoire as a lingua franca, and then adding a language of wider communication such as English or French if she continues her formal schooling.
The contributions to the volume examine in some detail diverse aspects of second language education, ranging from a focus on the basic contributions of linguistic theory and research to our understanding of second language learning and teaching on the one hand, to a series of reviews of innovative language education practices in selected regions of the world on the other.
For the purposes of this volume, second language education has been defined operationally to encompass education which occurs in those settings and situations in which a dominant language is offered as a second language (e.g., ESL in England or the United States whether as a subject of study or a vehicle through which other material is studied), as well as those cases in which an official, but not necessarily dominant, language is mandated (e.g., French or English in certain parts of the Middle East or the Mahgreb). The contributions also focus mainly, albeit not exclusively, on second language education for school-aged learners.


ESL Index Language Learning education language teaching second language subject

Editors and affiliations

  • G. Richard Tucker
    • 1
  • David Corson
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Modern LanguagesCarnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.The Ontario Institute for Studies in EducationUniversity of TorontoCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1997
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-7923-4931-0
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-4419-3
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