ERIC Number: ED202223
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Communicative and Analytic Strategies in Naturalistic Second Language Acquisition.
Strage, Amy A.
The interaction of two elementary-age American children with their bilingual mother and French-speaking peers was monitored to determine learning strategies in a natural French immersion situation. Seven strategies were discovered, each of which provided the necessary ingredients of processible input, practice, and feedback to the language learning formula. The strategies are: (1) proposal of rules and activities; (2) identification and early mastery of idiomatic expressions; (3) repetition masking as information exchange; (4) practice of phonological, paradigmatic, and syntagmatic substitutions; (5) incorporation of new vocabulary items by guessing from context; (6) effecting a modification of input to make it processible; and (7) compensatory code switching. Two variables found to relate to the selection of strategies were the relationship between the nonverbal context and the ongoing talk, and the people who were involved in the conversations. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: French Speaking
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (5th, Boston, MA, October 1980).