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The Development of Spanish as a Second Language: A Guide for Teachers ©2015 | Ballman, Mandell The Development of Spanish as a Second Language: A Guide for Teachers was inspired by the many dedicated language teachers who feel responsible for their students' errors, particularly in speech. The Development of Spanish as a Second Language: A Guide for Teachers has as its centerpiece the exploration of 40 speech samples produced by four levels of Spanish university students (first through fourth year). This is the only book that specifically (a) describes and illustrates the developmental patterns of several grammatical and lexical features (e.g., ser and estar, subject-verb agreement) commonly included in Spanish L2 course syllabi and class materials; and (b) draws on examples from actual cross-sectional Spanish learner data in a user-friendly format. This book is intended for readers with little to no knowledge of contemporary theory and/or research about Second Language Acquisition. The target audience includes: students in a course about teaching Spanish as a second/foreign language. (This book may serve as a supplement to books such as Making Communicative Language Teaching Happen [Lee & VanPatten, 1995, 2013, McGraw-Hill] and How Languages are Learned [Lightbrown & Spada, 1993, 2008 Oxford].); undergraduate Spanish majors enrolled in an applied linguistics course about Spanish or second language acquisition; Spanish teachers at the high school or college levels; and other Spanish-teaching faculty, administrators, or readers who wish to become more familiar with how L2 proficiency in general, and Spanish as an L2 in particular, develops over time.