ERIC Number: ED364075
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Applications of Foreign Language Aptitude and Learning Style Research.
A discussion of the utility of research on language aptitude and learning style begins by examining the concept of language aptitude and the controversy surrounding it, which focuses on the nature of language aptitude, what characterizes it, and its significance. The research reviewed dates back to the 1920s. Tests used to assess aptitude are then discussed, from the Iowa Foreign Language Placement Test and others produced in the 1920s, through introduction of an auditory component in the 1940s, development of tests for military purposes during and after World War II, to correlation of aptitude test scores with achievement in the 1960s and 1970s. In the 1980s, it is noted, greater attention was given to learning styles and personality traits as significant factors in language aptitude. The uses of aptitude tests are then addressed, including: (1) providing students with experience in using learning styles other than their normal preferences, and (2) adapting curricula and expectations to student aptitudes. It is proposed that there is a need to develop tests predictive of student success in language study. A brief bibliography is included. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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