Second Language Learning & Language Teaching 4th Ed.: the Website..
Vivian Cook, 4th edition, Hodder Education 2008

Vivian Cook Perugia

This is for users of the book Second Language Learning and Language Teaching (4th ed. 2008; 5th ed. 2016 on a different page). It organises access to the Second Language Website in terms of its chapters and sections, and provides supplementary materials, printable summaries etc. 

Keywords  Vivian Cook  SLA Topics  Booklist  Coursebooks List  Crucial Links Online Writings Key Issues in SLA Starting Applied Linguistics Research Youtube on the book's cover
Note: there are also some experimental Youtube videos at Itsallinaword and a talk at TESOL Academic.


Background to second language  acquisition research and language teaching


1 The scope of this book

Background to Language Teaching

Lecture Handout

Article: What is applied linguistics?

Quotations on Second Language      Acquisition

Article: Questioning traditional     assumptions in language teaching

Glossary of Teaching Methods

Students' sentences

What is L2 Learning? (handout)

Youtube on book cover

2 Common assumptions of language teaching

3 What is second language acquisition research?

4 Background ideas of SLA research

Learning and teaching different types of grammar


1 What is grammar?

Summaries Chapter 2

L2 sequences notes

Lecture Handout: Universal Grammar  in Second Language Acquisition

Krashen's Theory of SLA 

European Science Foundation

article: The English past tense

old article: grammar in language teaching

YouTube: structure and content words


2 Structure words, morphemes and sequences of acquisition

3 The processability model

4 Principles and parameters grammar

5 L2 learning of grammar and L2 teaching

6 The role of explicit grammar in language teaching


Learning and teaching vocabulary


 1 Word frequency   

Summaries Chapter 3
SLL&LT vocabulary size
Exercise: Learning new words
L2 vocabulary notes (with colours)
Levels of Meaning
Content and Structure words

Word games: Guessing Games; Letter Games; Sequence Games 

How many words do you know?
      Basic: Advanced
Quotes on words

old articles: 

     Words and Meanings 

      Teaching vocabulary

     Which came first - the language 

         or the concept?

YouTubes: on wine (humorous); on 

Words Website

 2 Knowledge of words

 3 One word-store or two in the 
L2 user's mind?

 4. Types of meaning            

 5. Strategies for understanding and learning vocabulary

 6. Vocabulary and teaching

Acquiring and teaching pronunciation


1. Phonemes and second language acquisition

Summaries Chapter 4
Test of English Accent

SLA Phonology

old article: Sound System of Language

YouTube on tones

2. Learning syllable structure           

3. General ideas abut phonology learning

4. Choosing a model for pronunciation teaching

5. Learning and teaching pronunciation

6. The learning and teaching of intonation

Acquiring and teaching a new writing system


1. Writing systems

Summaries Chapter 5
Exercise: E-deletion and Dickens
Exercise: Punctuation and Tolkien
Spelling jokes and rhymes

Rules for structure words
Correspondence rules for vowels

L2 spelling notes
L2 mistakes (1400 sample)
L2 spelling article summaries

article: Helping children spell 
article: Can they spell your name in
Karachi? British and American
style spelling
article: Teaching spelling

- punctuation test
- English spelling tests
- Spelling Games 

2. Spelling

3. Punctuation

4. The writing system and language teaching


Strategies for communicating and learning


1 Communication strategies

Summaries Chapter 6
Communication Strategy Test
Transcript of info gap activity

Compensatory Strategies in SLA
Learning strategies
Learning Strategies Test Skeleton
L2 learning strategies
old articles: 

     We have ways of making you

The English are only Human

2 Learning strategies


Listening and reading processes


1 Meaning and reading

Summaries Chapter 7

2 Listening processes


Individual differences  in L2 users and L2 learners


1 Motivation for L2 learning

Summaries Chapter 8

Motivation questionnaire


Other individual factors

2 Attitudes

3 Aptitude

4 Age

5 Other personality traits

Classroom interaction and Conversation Analysis


1 Language and interaction in the classroom

Summaries Chapter Nine
old article: Using authentic materials

2 Language input and language learning

3 Describing conversation


The L2 user and the native speaker

1 The L2 user versus the native speaker in language teaching

Summaries Chapter 10
Questions for L2 users


Definition of native speaker

Exercise: Codeswitching

Comparing First and Second Language Acquisition
Using L1 in Language Teaching
     Going beyond the native speaker
article: Basing Teaching on the L2 User

YouTube on the L2 User

Can you talk Black?

Lecture Handout: L2 user

2 Codeswitching

3 using the L1 in the classroom

4 Are native speakers better language teachers?

5 English as Lingua Franca


The goals of language teaching

1 The different roles of second languages in societies

Summaries Chapter 11

Goals of EFL
Old articles: 
     What should language
          teaching be about?
Some assumptions in course

2 Language and groups of speakers

3 The goals of language teaching


General models of L2 learning

1 Universal Grammar

Summaries Chapter 12  Models
L2 and Universal Grammar
Old article: "Universal Grammar and
     the Language Classroom 
     basing teaching on the L2 user
Multi-competence and UG (draft)
Annotated MC references
Multi-competence menu

Multi-competence: the Home Movie
      reel 1

2 Processing models

3 The Socio-educational Mode

4 The interaction approach

5 Sociocultural theory 

6 Multi-competence - the L2 user model

7 General issues


Second language learning and language teaching styles

1 The academic style

Summaries Chapter 13 teaching
Teaching Styles Questionnaire

old articles: 
     Reciprocal language teaching
     Technique analysis- a tool for
     Making up characters for roleplay

2. Audiolingual style 

3 The communicative style  

4 Task-based learning

5 The mainstream EFL style

6 Other styles

Other webpages

Tips for typing essays-dissertations in Word

SLA Topics web site

Age in SLA

SLA quotes

First and second language acquisition

SLA research methods

SLA research tools on-line (links)

Neurolinguistics in SLA

Article: Materials for adult beginners (draft)

Article: What is applied linguistics? by Vivian Cook

Article: Starting applied linguistics research

YouTube on meanings of language

Other articles etc by Vivian Cook



Second Language Acquisition Bibliography
Writing Systems Website