Sensitive periods, language aptitude, and ultimate L2 attainment

Sensitive periods, language aptitude, and ultimate L2 attainment

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Research on second language acquisition (SLA) has identified language aptitude and age of onset (AO), i.e., the age at which learners are first meaningfully exposed to the L2, as robust predictors of rate of classroom language learning and level of ultimate L2 attainment in naturalistic settings, respectively. It is not surprising, therefore, that recent years have witnessed a surge of interest in the combination of age and aptitude as a powerful explanatory factor in SLA, and central to a viable SLA theory. The chapters in this volume provide new studies and reviews of research findings on age effects, bilingualism effects, maturational constraints and sensitive periods in SLA, the sub-components of language aptitude and the development of new aptitude measures, the influence of AO and aptitude in combination on SLA, aptitude-treatment interactions, and the implications of the research findings for language education policy and tailored language instruction.
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  • Hardback | 295 pages
  • 165.1 x 241.3 x 25.4mm | 720g
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • English
  • 9027213119
  • 9789027213112

Table of contents

1. List of contributors; 2. Introduction and overview (by Granena, Gisela); 3. Part I. Age differences and maturational constraints; 4. Maturational constraints on child and adult SLA (by Long, Mike); 5. Maturational constraints on lexical acquisition in a second language (by Spadaro, Katherine); 6. Age of acquisition effects or effects of bilingualism in second language ultimate attainment? (by Bylund, Emanuel); 7. Part II. Aptitude constructs and measures; 8. Cognitive aptitudes for second language learning and the LLAMA Language Aptitude Test (by Granena, Gisela); 9. New conceptualizations of language aptitude in second language attainment (by Kormos, Judit); 10. Optimizing post-critical-period language learning (by Doughty, Catherine J.); 11. Part III. Age, aptitude and ultimate attainment; 12. Reexamining the robustness of aptitude in second language acquisition (by Granena, Gisela); 13. Memory-based aptitude for nativelike selection: The role of phonological short-term memory (by Bolibaugh, Cylcia); 14. High-level proficiency in late L2 acquisition: Relationships between collocational production, language aptitude and personality (by Lundell, Fanny Forsberg); 15. Part IV. Implications for educational policy and language teaching; 16. Some implications of research findings on sensitive periods in language learning for educational policy and practice (by Long, Mike); 17. Aptitude-treatment interaction studies in second language acquisition: Findings and methodology (by Vatz, Karen); 18. Subject index
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