ERIC Number: ED394325
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Schemata and Second Language Acquisition.
A study applying schema theory to the teaching and learning of second language linguistic structures is reported. Subjects were students in the English language program of an Austrian university's school of business administration. The experimental groups received 8 hours of instruction in the schematic attributes of learning processes and then taught lessons from the regular notional-functional syllabus. The control groups were taught only the syllabus. All groups were compared on their performance on a multiple-choice test. Results indicate that the experimental groups had significantly greater achievement gains on the target linguistic structures. It is concluded that schema training facilitates acquisition of both grammar and vocabulary and also inhibits language loss over time, perhaps by structuring information for better retention and recall. The results also suggest further directions for research in this area. Contains 47 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Schema Theory
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (30th, Chicago, IL, March 1996).