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ERIC Number: ED056013
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 161
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A Study of the Effect of Age on Achievement in Adults Studying English in an Intensive Course.
Halladay, Lloyd Irving
The purpose of this investigation is to examine the relationship between age and achievement in grammar, vocabulary, aural comprehension, average for these three, and grammar-aural comprehension average in adult students who wished to gain an improved aural-oral proficiency in English during a short period of intensive language study. The relationships between these variables and five descriptive variables--amount of education, use of a non-English language, use of English, intelligence, and language aptitude--are also examined. The subjects in this study were enrolled in an eight-week course in English at the English Language Institute, The University of Michigan. The study consisted of two samples that were considered separately. Sample A consisted of 530 students divided into eight age groups--19 or less through 50 or more. Sample B consisted of 71 students divided into five age groups--19 or less through 35 or more. Conclusions include: (1) Students under 35 achieve more in most areas than do students between 35 and 44; (2) Students in their 20's rank among the highest in adjusted achievement; (3) Students over 44 make adjusted achievements that compare favorably with much younger students; (4) In Sample A, achievement seems to decline among students under 20; (5) Achievement, in terms of final test minus pretest, shows no significant correlation with amount of education. (Author/CK)
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Michigan