ERIC Number: ED456662
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
The Influence of Age in the Acquisition of English as a Third Language.
This paper analyses the influence of age on the acquisition of English as a third language by focusing on the development of general proficiency in English by school children. Participants were 60 secondary school students who had studied English for 6 years but started learning it at different ages. All participants completed a battery of tests and questionnaires including different measures of proficiency in English: story telling, listening comprehension, composition, and grammar. The results show differences between older and younger students. These differences are discussed in reference to the existing research on the age factor in second language acquisition. The results indicate that the younger group obtained lower scores in different aspects of language proficiency than the older group. Older students had generally higher scores in all categories, much higher in some areas (composition and grammar), but scored lower than the younger students in pronunciation. (Contains 18 references.) (KFT)
Descriptors: Age, Age Differences, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Grammar, Language Proficiency, Language Research, Listening Skills, Pronunciation, Questionnaires, Reading Comprehension, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Secondary Education, Secondary School Students, Writing (Composition)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ministry of Education, Culture, and Sport, Madrid (Spain).
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Spain