ERIC Number: ED125312
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
A Cross-Sectional Study on L3 Acquisition. Working Papers on Bilingualism, No. 9.
LoCoco, Veronica G.-M.
The errors of 187 bilingual students, aged 10 years, 11 months to 19 years, 8 months were analyzed as they studied English as a third language. Errors were categorized with two major learning strategies in mind: transfer and overgeneralization. Types of errors were related to degree of bilingualism, English proficiency level and age of the learners. It was found that mother-tongue interference errors are quantitatively affected by the degree of bilingualism, and by the level of proficiency in the target language. Error types did not vary qualitatively for the studied subjects. Centain interlanguage structures emerged which suggest the possibility of common patterns of L2 structure acquisition among foreign language learners. (Author)
Descriptors: Bilingual Students, Bilingualism, English (Second Language), Error Analysis (Language), Error Patterns, Interference (Language), Language Instruction, Language Proficiency, Learning, Learning Processes, Learning Strategies, Learning Theories, Native Speakers, Second Language Learning
Bilingual Education Project, The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, 252 Bloor St. West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 1V6 (as long as supply lasts)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ontario Inst. for Studies in Education, Toronto. Bilingual Education Project.