Can anyone please suggest some good books to read on Second Language Acquisition?

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    Second language acquisition is not a major area in linguistics. Unfortunately. You might be interested in Larry Selinker's Interlanguage theory of second language learning.
    – jlawler
    Apr 6, 2021 at 16:19

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See my Reading List that covers all of linguistics! I copy pasted just the books on L2 Acquisition.

L2 Acquisition

  1. Kristen Hummel. Introducing second language acquisition : perspectives and practices.
  2. Muriel Saville-Troike. Introducing second language acquisition.
  3. Lourdes Ortega. Understanding second language acquisition.
  4. Jennifer Larson-Hall. Second language acquisition myths : applying second language research to classroom teaching (2012).
  5. Patsy Lightbown. How Languages are Learned (2013 4 ed).
  6. Rosamund Mitchell. Second language learning theories (2013).
  7. David Michael Singleton. Key topics in second language acquisition (2014).
  8. Rod Ellis. Understanding second language acquisition (2015 2 ed).
  9. Vivian Cook. Second Language Learning and Language Teaching (2016 5 ed).
  10. Roumyana Slabakova. Second language acquisition (2016)
  11. Theodore Rogers. Approaches and Methods in Language Teaching (Cambridge Language Teaching Library) (2017 3 ed).

This is a good one for understanding linguistics in order to inform teaching methodology: Linguistics for Language Teachers: Lessons for Classroom Practice (Sarah J. Shin and Sunny Park-Johnson)

For phonology: Phonology for Listening: Teaching the Stream of Speech (Richard Cauldwell).

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