ERIC Number: ED025770
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Dec
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Concerning the Diagnosis and Remedying of Lack of Competence in a Second Language.
Language Learning, v18 n3-4 p253-58 Dec 1968
This article is based on current research being undertaken in an African high school in the Republic of South Africa. The subjects for this research are Zulu-speaking pupils, average age sixteen years, who have received eight years of formal instruction in English. They are being tested in their ninth year of schooling (Standard Seven) when English and Afrikaans are used as the medium of instruction for the first time. Described are some special tests designed to assess the competence of second language learners and to determine which rules of the second language have been internalized. Rules for nested dependencies were used in one set of tests. It was revealed that the students could not handle such nested dependencies in the second language, and exhibited a certain lack of competence in the second language. The author considers that such tests provide a useful diagnostic tool. (AMM)
Descriptors: Afrikaans, Bilingual Education, Bilingual Students, Deep Structure, Diagnostic Tests, English (Second Language), Linguistic Competence, Linguistic Performance, Multilingualism, Second Language Learning, Secondary School Students, Structural Analysis
Language Learning, North University Building, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104 ($3.00).
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Identifiers: Embedding (Grammar); Nested Dependencies; Zulu