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ERIC Number: ED462842
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jun
Pages: 35
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The Insertion of Language: A Study of Relationships between Early Exposure to English and Later Achievement in Learning English as a Second Language.
Cornberg, David
This study examined first exposures to oral and written English from ages 1-16 years, surveying 212 Ming Chuan University (Taiwan) students. The survey asked about the language spoken at home; age at and context of hearing, reading, writing, and speaking the first English word; experiences with conversations in English; and problems learning English. Data analysis found only a slight difference between the later English achievement of students who heard their first English word at the age of 6 years or younger and those who heard their first English word at the age of 12 years or older. These results suggest the existence of compulsory and customary patterns across all kinds of English learning situations in Taiwan. These patterns are largely non-idiomatic and replete with many common errors in using prepositions, articles, verb tenses, and pronouns. They resist teaching efforts aimed at promoting idiomatic English. In speech especially, the compulsory and customary tend to overwhelm the possibility of authentic dialogue in which idiomatic English could be learned. Two appendixes present the survey and the first English words remembered by respondents, listed in order of frequency. (Contains 18 tables.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Taiwan