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Second Language Acquisition Theory. Barry McLaughlin’s Attention-Processing Model. For Forl 8250 Fall 2011 By Barbara Williams. About Barry McLaughlin. PhD - Harvard, 1966 Professor Emeritus in Cognitive Psychology at University of California, Santa Cruz

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about barry mclaughlin
About Barry McLaughlin
  • PhD - Harvard, 1966
  • Professor Emeritus in Cognitive Psychology at University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Research interests: second language acquisition in children and adults
  • Served as consultant on bilingual education for California’s Department of Education
  • Served as director of the National Center for Research on Cultural Diversity and Second Language Learning
  • Noted publications:
    • Second-language acquisition in childhood. Volume 1: Preschool children(1984)
    • Second-language acquisition in childhood. Volume 2: School-age children(1985)
    • Theories of second-language learning(1987).
attention processing model
Attention-Processing Model
  • Based on Cognitive Theory
    • Second language learning is a mental process
    • Assumes a hierarchy of complexity of cognitive skills
    • Structured practice leads to automatization and integration of linguistic patterns
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Attention-Processing Model
  • McLaughlin's assumptions
    • Second language learning is a skill
    • Second language learning requires “automatization of component sub-skills”
    • Humans have a limited capacity to manage controlled processes
    • Second language processing skills become more efficient via automatization
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Attention-Processing Model

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practical applications of mclaughlin s attention processing model
Practical Applications of McLaughlin’s Attention-Processing Model

From Brown 1994: 285

references
References
  • Schulz, R. A. (1991). Second Language Acquisition Theories and Teaching Practice: How Do They Fit?. Modern Language Journal, 75(1), 17-26.
  • Doughty, C., & Long, M. H. (2003). The handbook of second language acquisition / edited by Catherine J. Doughty and Michael H. Long. Malden, MA : Blackwell Pub., 2003.
  • Nagle, Stephen J., & Sanders, Sara L. (1986). Comprehension Theory and Second Language Pedagogy. TESOL Quarterly, 20(1), 9-26.
  • Brown, H. (1994). Principles of language learning and teaching / H. Douglas Brown. Englewood Cliffs, NJ : Prentice Hall Regents, c1994.