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ERIC Number: ED348849
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Where Does Language Aptitude Come From?
Skehan, Peter
A British longitudinal study of language acquisition was followed up for further information on the relationship between language acquisition, language aptitude, and second language learning. One of the original cohorts (n=23), now in secondary school, was originally studied for native language learning achievement and was now being studied for foreign language aptitude and foreign language achievement with a variety of indices. It was found that the structural/syntactic first-language measures often had significant correlations with second language aptitude, the test-based measures of first-language development were most predictive, there were strong relationships between subjects' family background and aptitude, and structural correlations between first-language development and language aptitude did not necessarily extend to second-language achievement but varied significantly in their correlations. Conclusions and implications for aptitude testing are discussed. A 24-item bibliography is included. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Note: In: Meara, Paul, Ed. Spoken Language. Papers from the Annual Meeting of the British Association for Applied Linguistics (Edinburgh, Scotland, September 1985); see FL 020 441.