The Encyclopedia of Bilingual Education edited by Josue M. Gonzalez has a good introduction to second language acquistion and also has biographies on some of the core writers on second language acquisition.
Use the table of contents to find second-language acquisition (in volume 2) or the researchers.
For New Zealand material, search Index New Zealand (see the link to the databases on the left) using:
"second language acquisition"
For international articles, search Multisearch or Education Research Complete or ERIC (see the link to the databases on the left) using:
“second language acquisition”
“second language learning”
For minority languages, use these
“uncommonly taught languages”
For language revival, use these:
“ language maintenance”
And for language loss:
” language attrition”
For works by some authors in the field, click on Advanced Search in Multisearch, then in the Written/Created by box, put the author's name in, within quote marks, e.g. "nation, i s p" and hit search.
Try these authors: "Fishman, Joshua"; "Nation, I S P"; "Cummins, Jim"; "Hornberger, Nancy H"; "Seliger, Herbert"; "Garcia, Ofelia", "Ellis, Rod", Krashen, Stephen D"
May, S., Hill, R., Tiakiwai, S. (2004). Bilingual/immersion education: Indicators of good practice: Final report to the Ministry of Education
(look at the bibliography for other works by Stephen May)
Matiu Ratima, M. & May, S.(2011). A review of indigenous second language acquisition: Factors leading to proficiency in te reo Māori (the Māori language). MAI Review, 1.