I came to know (2006) by Patsy M. Lightbown and Nina Spada due to the Reading Club organized by Professional Development Unit (PDU) in Bahçeşehir University (BU) in the 2007-2008 Academic year. The reason why we had chosen this book to read in the Reading Club was that it is a good book to brush up our information about the language learning theories. At the beginning, we were anxious to get drown in the wide jargon of linguistics, however, the book was not as complex as its name suggests. Lightbown and Spada's "How Languages are Learned" makes a good introduction to first and second language acquisition and some of the related linguistic theories. In addition, the book presents the data gathered from classroom research. Without overloading the reader with details, the book gives you enough to make some more informed choices about the classroom.
Patsy M. Lightbown is Distinguished Professor Emerita at Concordia University in Montreal and Past President of the American Association for Applied Linguistics. Her research focuses on how instruction and feedback affect second-language acquisition in classrooms where the emphasis is on "communicative" or "content-based" language teaching. The contexts for her work have included elementary schools in Canada and, more recently, dual-language bilingual classes in the U.S. Nina Spada is Professor of Applied Linguistics at the Modern Language Centre, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, Canada. Her main areas of professional interest are second language acquisition, classroom research in L2 teaching and learning, and English as a Second Language.
Patsy Lightbown and Nina Spada, authors of How Languages are Learned, talk about what inspired them to write their best-selling book and what they find most interesting about second language research.