ERIC Number: ED122639
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Language Acquisition: A Recapitulative Model.
Gallagher, William K.
This work proposes to show that second language acquisition can take place when adults surround themselves with a target language and have ample opportunity to participate in its use. The hypothesis tested is that methods and strategies utilized in the acquisition of a second language for adults should be essentially the same as those manifested in the acquisition of one's first language. Two English-as-a-second language programs of fifteen weeks each, one for an experimental group and one for a control group, were conducted. The program for the experimental group was based on informal, real-life language situations. The program for the control group was based on traditional methods of teaching second languages, including the use of a standard textbook. Both groups were evaluated by "structural" and "communication" tests. In comparing the test results, no significant difference was evident between the experimental and control groups in the pre-program testing or in the post-program structural testing. Both groups made significant gains in second language acquisition. However, the experimental group made significantly greater gains as measured by the communication test. Recommendations are given regarding how an existing or proposed second language program might be improved by utilizing principles evolving out of the success of the experimental group. (Author/CLK)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Ph.D. dissertation, Walden University