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ERIC Number: ED354734
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Mar
Pages: 44
Abstractor: N/A
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Mental Rehearsal as a Second Language Learning Strategy.
Guerrero, Maria C. M. de
Mental rehearsal is a somewhat ambiguous term in the literature of language acquisition, psychology, and second language learning. However, in second language learning it refers to an important strategic behavior involving silent covert practice of the other language, undertaken in relation to an oral or written, future or past language task. A study helped clarify and expand the role of mental rehearsal as a second language learning strategy. A group of 426 native Spanish-speaking college students of English as a Second Language (ESL) was surveyed on its use of mental rehearsal or inner speech, and 9 subjects identified as consistently using mental rehearsal were interviewed in greater depth. Results suggest that mental rehearsal is a very broad strategy in which inner speech had several different roles and functions (ideational, mnemonic, textual, instructional, evaluative, affective, interpersonal, intrapersonal). Other findings included discovery of different types of mental rehearsal (task-related or self-related, spontaneous or deliberate), moments when rehearsal is most likely to occur, and benefits as perceived by participants. Raising student awareness of mental rehearsal as a powerful second language learning strategy and further research on the subject are recommended. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A