You are here

Age in second language acquisition by Birgit Harley

By Birgit Harley

Show description

Read or Download Age in second language acquisition PDF

Best developmental psychology books

Cognitive Development in Bilingual Children

This text overviews the study at the advanced dating betweenbilingualism and cognitive improvement and the real implications ofthis courting for bilingual schooling. fresh reports are mentioned thatexamine the cognitive improvement in bilingual teenagers in regards tometalinguistic expertise, proposal formation, and analogical reasoning.

Blackwell handbook of language development

The Blackwell instruction manual of Language improvement offers a complete remedy of the main subject matters and present issues within the box; exploring the growth of twenty first century study, its precursors, and promising examine themes for the long run. offers accomplished remedies of the main themes and present matters within the box of language improvement Explores foundational and theoretical ways specializes in the twenty first century's examine into the components of mind improvement, computational abilities, bilingualism, schooling, and cross-cultural comparability appears at language improvement in infancy via early early life, in addition to strange improvement Considers the earlier paintings, current learn, and promising issues for the longer term.

Neurobiology of Exceptionality (The Springer Series on Human Exceptionality)

Nurture or nature? Biology or atmosphere? Why are a few humans clever, or personable, or inventive and others obtuse, or shy, or unimaginative? even supposing every one individual is a distinct mix of confident and adverse qualities and behaviors, the query is still: what's the neurobiological foundation for every individual’s make-up?

Handbook of research methods in developmental science

The guide of study equipment in Developmental technology brings jointly a staff of top developmental scientists to supply a state of the art evaluation of equipment and techniques linked to the research of human improvement. It includes obtainable contributions from one of the most well known developmental scientists within the box.

Extra resources for Age in second language acquisition

Sample text

She asserts that: "acquiring any representational system, or recreating one for the purposes of a specific task, falls squarely within the realm of problem-solving" (Karmiloff-Smith, 1979a:114), and that "children work on linguistic 'objects' in the same way as on physical objects; they need to be sorted, classified, organized into systems" (Karmiloff-Smith, 1979b:234). Karmiloff-Smith's work on the L1 acquisition of the determiner system in French (a lengthy process of sorting out functions that is not complete until age 810) calls into question the Chomskyan Page 13 hypothesis of an innate faculty for language that is rapidly activated and that is different in nature from other cognitive abilities.

Reflecting on the basic difference between natural settings for language learning and the typical foreign language classroom, Macnamara (1973, 1974) maintains that a vital ingredient in children's successful language learning in the nursery and the street is their involvement in real communication with members of the target language group. This ingredient is normally lacking in the foreign language classroom. To the extent that it is possible to introduce real communication into the classroom, he maintains, it will be possible to teach languages successfully in school regardless of the age of the pupils.

Over the years, various hypotheses have been proposed to account for these informal observations, and a number of empirical studies have been designed to investigate the question of "the optimal age to learn a second language" (Asher & Garcia, 1969). A survey of the literature yields a remarkable diversity of explanatory hypotheses for the perceived advantage of children versus older learners. " In the article cited, Larsen-Freeman proceeds to add yet another possible factor to the list; language input, which she suggests may differ in a way that favours children (see also Wagner-Gough & Hatch, 1975).

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.63 of 5 – based on 24 votes
Top