Reconciling Beliefs about L2 Learning with SLA Theory and Research

Aek Phakiti, Luke Plonsky

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This article aims to discuss ten beliefs that teachers hold about second language (L2) learning and to relate these to relevant theories and approaches in the field of second language acquisition (SLA). It is especially written for L2 teachers who would like to know more about theoretical approaches that seek to explain L2 learning. Preliminary responses to L2 learning beliefs from L2 teachers and some L2 English learner reflections are used to guide the discussion of these beliefs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)217-237
Number of pages21
JournalRELC Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 1 2018


  • L2 teaching
  • Second language acquisition
  • Second language learning
  • Teachers’ beliefs
  • Theories in SLA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Education
  • Linguistics and Language


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