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ERIC Number: ED060702
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Apr-4
Pages: 17
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The Relationship Between Age and Accuracy of Foreign Language Pronunciation.
Olson, Linda L.; Samuels, S. Jay
The purpose of this study is to test the commonly held assumption that younger children are superior to those who are older in learning to speak a second language with a good accent. Students from the elementary, junior high, and college levels are tested after receiving identical instruction in German phonemes. Post-test results indicate that both the junior high and college groups are superior to the elementary age group. There is good evidence that the age-language acquisition relationships favoring younger students hold for first languages only. The common observation that children acquire better language pronunciation than adults may have an environmental-socioeconomic explanation and depend on the differences in the way each group is able to acquire the second language. It is more probable that children would have a closer approximation to native-like pronunciation because they are surrounded by good models more of the time than their adult counterparts. (Author/VM)
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Note: Speech presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, April 4, 1972, Chicago, Illinois