Strategies in Learning & Using a Second Language, 2nd edition

By Andrew D. Cohen
September 2011
Pearson Education
Distrubuted by Trans-Atlantic Publications Inc.
ISBN: 9781408253991
425 pages
$67.50 Paper Original

Strategies in Learning and Using a Second Language examines what it takes to achieve long-term success in languages beyond the first language. Distinguishing language learning from language-use strategies, Andrew D. Cohen disentangles a morass of terminology to help the reader see what language strategies are and how they can enhance performance. Particular areas of research examined in the book include:

- links between the use of task-specific strategies and language performance

- how multilinguals verbalise their thoughts during language learning and use

- strategies that learners use in test-taking contexts

In this fully revised and substantially rewritten second edition, every chapter has been reworked, with material either updated or replaced. Entirely new material has also been developed based on examples of specific strategies supplied by actual learners, mostly drawn from a website featuring these strategies in the learning of Spanish grammar.


1 Introduction

2 Coming to terms with second language learning and language use strategies

3 Methods for investigating language learning and language use strategies

4 The practice of strategy instruction

5 Research on strategy instruction

6 Strategies for choosing the language of thought

7 Strategy use in language assessment

8 Discussion and conclusions


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