ERIC Number: ED244521
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Intake: On Models and Methods for Discovering Learners' Processing of Input.
Models of the second language acquisition process have not specifically elaborated on the nature of the learner's reception and processing of target language input, a process known as "intake." The models have failed to specify the mechanisms or variables involved in intake, or to distinguish between the stages of processing input from perception to comprehension, to assimilation into an interlanguage grammar. Research and theoretical models from first-language psycholinguistics literature have been neglected. A review of recent first-language and second-language research on language processing suggests that the theory and methodology for exploring the gap between target language input and its intake by second-language learners is still in the early stages of development, but three important elements are needed for such research: (1) more control over independent variables; (2) more standardized measures contrasting in the degree and type of learner processing; and (3) more systematic development and application of a model for predicting research results. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (18th, Houston, TX, March 6-11, 1984). Print marginally legible.