Date of release: Monday, September 2, 2013

Individual Differences and Processing InstructionA book published today is set to open up a new branch of research into how people learn additional languages (Processing Instruction).

Individual Differences and Processing Instruction is the first collection of studies addressing the role played by individual differences such as age, gender and native language background in processing instruction. This unique work was partly sponsored by the Leverhulme Trust, and aims to stimulate more research in the area.

The book was co-authored by Alessandro Benati, the university's Professor of Applied Linguistics & Second Language Studies in the School of Humanities, who is a leading expert in second language acquisition research.

The book has drawn high praise from reviewers. Teresa Cadierno, at the University of Southern Denmark calls it 'must reading for researchers and students' that makes a 'significant contribution' to the field.

Professor Benati says: "This is the first book which explores the possible interface between individual variables and language instruction, focusing particularly on the professing instruction theoretical and pedagogical framework. This research will serve as a springboard for further studies in this new field''.

Individual Differences and Processing Instruction is published by Equinox Books and is priced at £60 (hardback) and £19.99 (paperback).

Professor Benati can be contacted at

The Processing Instruction Symposium takes place at the University of Greenwich on Wednesday 4 September, at King William Court Room 302, Greenwich Campus.

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