ERIC Number: ED253638
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Learning a Second Language.
Torres, Shirley A.
This paper presents an overview of research literature on second language learning in children. Theories regarding these aspects of second language acquisition are summarized: (1) developmental stages of language acquisition; (2) the role of imitation and practice; (3) differences between oral and written language skills; (4) the ways in which strategies acquired while learning the first language can affect, positively or negatively, the acquisition of a second; (5) teaching methods in second language learning; and (6) the significance of learners' motivation. In conclusion, the paper argues that the most important factor in second language acquisition and development may be the presence of a teacher with a sincere interest in what the learner has to say: how the learner speaks and writes can be improved by different means, but the important thing is successful communication. (KH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Puerto Rico Univ., Rio Piedras. Coll. of Education.
Note: In: Albino, Isidora, Ed.; Davila, Sonia, Ed. Perspectivas Pedagogicas. Universidad de Puerto Rico, 1983 (UD 024 083).