International Journal of Language & Linguistics

ISSN 2374-8850 (Print), 2374-8869 (Online)

Deliberate Practice in Second Language Learning: A Concept whose Time has Come
Nasrin S. Altuwairesh, PhD

Abstract
Research in the field of expertise indicates that reaching high levels in any skill is, by and large, the outcome of deliberate practice. Despite being a major element on the path to achieving expertise, this type of practice has been overlooked by second language practitioners and researchers alike. Deliberate practice is in fact a concept that relates a great deal to second language learning; however, it has not yet made its way into second language classrooms. This paper sheds light on this concept and how it relates to expertise, with an emphasis mainly on its major elements and how it can be taken effectively into second language classrooms.

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