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Practice: Time for a Reappraisal?

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  27 February 2018

Christian Jones
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University of Liverpool
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In DeKeyser (2007) I lamented how little research had focused on deliberate practice in second language learning, and how even the idea that extensive practice is necessary for second language learning, just as it is for athletic or musical performance, seemed questionable to some. Research in second language acquisition has not exactly taken a turn towards practice in the last ten years, but as the chapters in this book and the literature quoted therein show, there is a growing body of research that investigates the effect of a variety of types of deliberate practice. This research makes it increasingly clear that practice does not mean drill and kill, that deliberate practice is compatible with a variety of theoretical perspectives, and that all domains of language, from pronunciation and grammar to vocabulary and pragmatics can benefit from systematic practice.
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  • Foreword
  • Edited by Christian Jones, University of Liverpool
  • Book: Practice in Second Language Learning
  • Online publication: 27 February 2018
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781316443118.001
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  • Foreword
  • Edited by Christian Jones, University of Liverpool
  • Book: Practice in Second Language Learning
  • Online publication: 27 February 2018
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781316443118.001
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  • Foreword
  • Edited by Christian Jones, University of Liverpool
  • Book: Practice in Second Language Learning
  • Online publication: 27 February 2018
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781316443118.001
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