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SLA: Breaking the Siege

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Title: SLA: Breaking the Siege
Authors: Long, Michael H.
Advisor: Brown, James D.
Issue Date: 1998
Abstract: After 30 years of steady growth and reasonable productivity, the field of SLA has recently come under attack from several quarters. Critics allege that, among other things, too many SLA researchers (a) focus overly narrowly on learner-internal, cognitive processes, ignoring social context; (b) inhabit an outdated modernist world, oblivious to the post-modernist "enlightenment;" and (c) believe their work has relevance for language teaching, when it has none. While few of the criticisms survive even cursory examination, the fact that they receive so much attention in the literature, including in some supposedly scholarly journals, suggests a number of structural problems in the field, which need to be addressed.
Pages/Duration: 51 pages
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