ERIC Number: ED230031
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reassessing Foreign Language Aptitude: Communicative Competence and Second Language Acquisition.
Horwitz, Elaine K.
This study explored the relationship between conceptual level, a social cognitive variable, and second language communicative competence. The subjects were female secondary school students in five second-year French classes. The research hypotheses stated that conceptual level was related to the development of communicative competence while foreign language aptitude was related to linguistic competence. Conceptual level was found to be related to both communicative and linguistic competence as was foreign language aptitude. However, foreign language aptitude was not found to be related to linguistic competence when conceptual level was statistically controlled. Conceptual level, on the other hand, was found to be related to communicative competence when foreign language aptitude was statistically controlled. Commonality analysis indicated that most of the variance was due to the joint contribution of conceptual level and the grammatical sensitivity subtest of the MLAT. However, conceptual level uniquely contributes one third of the variance when communicative competence is the criterion. There is preliminary evidence to suggest that the cognitive abilities associated with conceptual level contributed to the development of linguistic competence, while the interpersonal factors contributed to the development of communicative competence. (Author/AMH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (67th, Montreal, Quebec, April 12, 1983).