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Expertise in Second Language Learning and Teaching

  • Keith Johnson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. Keith Johnson
      Pages 1-7
  3. Expertise in General

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Keith Johnson
      Pages 11-33
  4. Expertise in Language Learning and Use

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 35-35
    2. Christine Goh
      Pages 64-84
    3. Catherine Wallace
      Pages 85-103
    4. Martin Bygate
      Pages 104-127
    5. Sara Cushing Weigle
      Pages 128-149
    6. Steven McDonough
      Pages 150-164
  5. Expertise in Language Teaching

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 165-165
    2. Amy B. M. Tsui
      Pages 167-189
    3. Simon Borg
      Pages 190-209
    4. Virginia Samuda
      Pages 230-254
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 255-258

About this book


Understanding what constitutes expertise in language learning and teaching is important for theoretical reasons related to psycholinguistic, and applied linguistic, enquiry. It also has many significant applications in practice, particularly in relation to the training and practice of language teachers and improvements in students' strategies of learning. In this volume, methodologies for establishing what constitutes expert practice are discussed and the contributions address the fields of listening, reading, writing, speaking and communication strategies, looking at common characteristics of the 'expert teacher' and the 'expert learner'.


language Language Learning language teaching second language

Editors and affiliations

  • Keith Johnson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Linguistics and English LanguageUniversity of LancasterUK

About the editors

SIMON BORG, School of Education, University of Leeds, UK MARTIN BYGATE, Department of Linguistics, University of Lancaster, UK CHRISTINE GOH, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore STEVEN McDONOUGH, Department of Languages and Linguistics, University of Essex, UK JOAN RUBIN, Joan Rubin Associates, USA VIRGINIA SAMUDA, Department of Linguistics, University of Lancaster, UK AMY B.M. TSUI, Faculty of Education, Hong Kong CATHERINE WALLACE, University of London, Institute of Education, UK ALAN WATERS, Department of Linguistics, University of Lancaster, UK SARA CUSHING WEIGLE, Department of Applied Linguistics, University of Georgia, USA.

Bibliographic information


'In a nutshell Expertise in Second Language Learning and Teaching as a whole is a book written by experts for experts in whose hands it will live many lives.' - ELT Journal

'...expertise has not received much in the way of a focused treatment in the field of second language acquisition. The appearance of this compact and tightly written text therefore marks a welcome addition to the field.' - Language and Education