ERIC Number: ED046261
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jul
Reference Count: 0
An Experiment in Improving Achievement in Foreign Language Through Learning of Selected Skills Associated with Language Aptitude. Final Report.
Politzer, Robert L.; Weiss, Louis
This two-phase experiment was conducted to determine: (1) whether foreign language aptitude as measured by standard aptitude tests (Pimsleur Language Aptitude Battery, Carroll-Sapon Modern Language Aptitude Test) can be significantly increased by training, and (2) whether increases in language aptitude so obtained would result in better language achievement. Phase one involved an MLAT-trained experimental group and an untrained control group. Phase two involved a Pimsleur-trained experimental group, a control group that received cultural enrichment, and a group that was involved in the acquisition of study skills. The experiment indicated that specific training in language aptitude may very well be an important educational tool, though it is probably most effective if undertaken before any exposure to foreign language learning. (Author/AF)
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Aptitude Tests, Cultural Education, Language Ability, Language Acquisition, Language Aptitude, Language Instruction, Language Proficiency, Language Research, Language Skills, Language Tests, Second Language Learning, Sex Differences, Skill Development, Statistical Data, Study Skills
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. School of Education.