Bill VanPatten, recently of the University of Illinois at Chicago, has published widely in the fields of second language acquisition and second language teaching. His research interests include input processing, second and bilingual sentence processing, and the effects of instruction.
Jessica Williams is a professor in the Applied Linguistics/TESOL program in the Department of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is director of the ESL composition program and less commonly taught languages. Her research areas include lexical acquisition, the effect of instruction, and second language writing, with a particular focus on writing centers.
Contents: Preface. B. VanPatten, J. Williams, Introduction: The Nature of Theories. B. VanPatten, J. Williams, Early Theories in Second Language Acquisition. L. White, Linguistic Theory, Universal Grammar, and Second Language Acquisition. K. Bardovi-Harlig, One Functional Approach to Second Language Acquisition: The Concept-Oriented Approach. N.C. Ellis, The Associative-Cognitive CREED. R. DeKeyser, Skill Acquisition Theory. B. VanPatten, Input Processing in Adult Second Language Acquisition. M. Pienemann, Processability Theory. S.E. Carroll, Autonomous Induction Theory. S.M. Gass, A. Mackey, Input, Interaction, and Output in Second Language Acquisition. J.P. Lantolf, S.L. Thorne, Sociocultural Theory and Second Language Learning. L. Ortega, Second Language Learning Explained? SLA Across Nine Contemporary Theories.