• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

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.

Students in Context
Students in context

This chapter presents five extended cases in which it is appropriate to look beneath the surface and at the same time address the student and the learning context together. In these longer case treatments, all the available data are integrated and used to help us understand complex learning situations. The cases ...

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