ERIC Number: ED129105
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Age, Musical Talent, and Certain Psycholinguistic Abilities in Relation to Achievement in a FLES Course in Chinese.
A group of 18 children from 5 to 12 years old in a FLES course in Mandarin Chinese were graded by three native speakers on their ability to repeat Mandarin Chinese sentences with which they were already familiar and on their ability to produce appropriate sentences to describe posters used in the Chinese class. These grades in Chinese were correlated with the children's age in months and with their scores on two subtests of the Wing Standardised Test of Musical Intelligence and five subtests of the Illinois Test of Psycholinguistic Abilities. All correlations between age, musical talent and psycholinguistic abilities on the one hand and achievement in Chinese on the other were positive, but only correlations with certain of the subscales of the ITPA were statistically significant. The results suggest a positive relationship between psycholinguistic maturity and potential success in foreign language learning. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Iowa State Univ. of Science and Technology, Ames.
Authoring Institution: N/A