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The insights, techniques and skills needed to understand why some adult students have difficulties with learning a second language are presented in this book. The author's premise is that what appears on the surface is often not the real source of the learner's difficulty. A correct diagnosis of the cause of the problem is important if intervention is to prove effective. The book presents a large number of theories and models of learning, and covers areas including: learning styles and personality dispositions; student motivation, self-efficacy and anxiety; and how to interview students.

Introduction: What is This Book for?
Introduction: What is this book for?

In this chapter, you meet a student, John, who is having difficulty. John will appear from time to time in later chapters as well, along with a number of other individuals who provide illustrative case material. In addition, the chapter introduces the importance of staying open to new information and revising ...

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