Relevance of Knowledge of Second Language Acquisition

An in-depth case study of a non-native EFL teacher
  • Yi-Hsuan Gloria Lo
Part of the Educational Linguistics book series (EDUL, volume 4)


This case study examined the relevance of SLA knowledge through (1) investigating the process of learning and understanding SLA knowledge, (2) comparing and contrasting the theoretical orientations between the instructor and a teacher-learner, and (3) documenting the impact of the knowledge in a given context. The results show that one’s theoretical orientations have profound influence both on designing and delivering an SLA course and on learning and understanding SLA knowledge. These orientations, in turn, determine, to a great extent, the degree of impact SLA has in a given context. More case studies need to be conducted to understand the relevance of SLA knowledge through (1) investigating different processes of learning and understanding, (2) comparing and contrasting teacher-learners and instructors with diverse theoretical orientations, and the various combinations of (mis)matches, and (3) documenting different impacts of different processes and theoretical orientations in different contexts.


Teacher Candidate Theoretical Orientation Language Teacher Cram School Weekly Interview 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yi-Hsuan Gloria Lo
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  1. 1.National Penghu Institute of TechnologyTaiwan

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