ERIC Number: ED159633
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-May
Reference Count: 0
Order of Acquisition: Same or Different in First- and Second-Language Learning?
Mace-Matluck, Betty J.
The order of acquisition of English grammatical morphemes by native-speaking children of Spanish, Cantonese, Tagalog, and Ilokano learning English as a second language between the ages of five and ten was investigated in a study involving 442 students. The acquisition patterns of these children were compared with those of monolingual English-speaking children acquiring their first language, and across the four languages. The results of the investigation suggest that young second-language learners acquire English grammatical morphemes in a different order than do children learning English as their first language. Factors such as semantic and grammatical complexity of the structures which are important to first language acquisition did not seem to be the primary factors for second language learning. Further, in an English-speaking environment, the order of acquisition of English structure by second-language learners reflected a high degree of commonality. The findings suggest a number of implications for linguistic content selection, teaching strategies, and procedures for second-language learners which should be considered in oral language and reading instruction. (FL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (23rd, Houston, Texas, May 1-5, 1978) ; Two tables may be marginally legible because of print size