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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.

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You have seen in Chapter 10 that there are limits to what anyone can do to meet every student's needs. For instance, it was too late in Sheldon's program, and the circumstances were too constrained to bring about the changes that would have permitted him to make fullest use of his language class. ...

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