1.1. Understanding the field: second language acquisition and applied linguistics

Ellis, R. (2021). A short history of SLA: Where have we come from and where are we going? Language Teaching. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0261444820000038

Key terms:

  • Applied Linguistics (AL)
    • in theory: linguistics in many social applications, incl. forensic linguistics, etc.
    • often: applied only to language learning and teaching
  • Second Language Acquisition (SLA)
    ≃ Foreign/Second Language Learning
  • Language Teaching
    ≃ Instructed Second Language Acquisition
  • Computer-Assisted Language Learning
    ≃ Language Learning & Technology
    ≃ Technology-enhanced Language Learning (and other terms)
  • Language Testing / Language Assessment

Differentiating academic documents

  • Book
    • Edited book (e.g., Handbooks)
    • Chapter/section in an edited book
  • Journal article
  • Paper in conference proceedings
    • Unpublished presentation at a conference
  • Theses and dissertations
  • Working papers and reports

Main journals in the field

See my List of Journals in Linguistics and Language Learning

→ Browsing journals to get an idea of the field

See also the Open Accessible Summaries in Language Studies (OASIS) Database.