Book Review: Talking about Second Language Acquisition

Min Lyu, Ricky C K Lam*

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During my work as an English teacher in Beijing, students asked me (the first author) tricky questions about learning English as a second language (L2). These tricky questions include “should I learn the phonetics first or vocabulary first?”, and “how many hours should I spend on learning English if I want to communicate fluently with native speakers?”. A father even asked me would his 7-year-old daughter get confused if she studied two languages simultaneously. Some of them I could manage to answer, but oftentimes I was struggling to give plausible explanations which I would be doubtful either. Even if I tried my best to reassure these students based on my own experiences, truths about language learning eluded me. I could not help but think if Sadeghi’s book was out back then and I happened to read it, I might have given more satisfactory answers to these knotty questions concerning second language acquisition (SLA).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)178-181
Number of pages4
JournalIranian Journal of Language Teaching Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2023

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  • second language acquisition


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