Fossilization in Adult Second Language Acquisition

Author: ZhaoHong Han

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This book is a systematic attempt to address the issue of fossilization in relation to a fundamental question in second language acquisition research, which is: why are learners, adults in particular, unable to develop the level of competence they have aspired to in spite of continuous and sustained exposure to the target language, adequate motivation to learn, and sufficient opportunity to practice?

The text gives a very detailed and comprehensive treatment to a significant aspect of adult SLA and is sure to be of great value for specialists, researchers and scholars. The review of literature, both current and past, is especially helpful.

Journal of English Language Teaching, 29:1

ZhaoHong Han is Associate Professor of Linguistics and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research interests are in issues of second language learnability,  teachability, and fossilization. Her research has appeared in journals such as Applied Linguistics, International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, Language Teaching Research, and TESOL Quarterly.

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