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ERIC Number: ED507437
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Dec-23
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
An Instructional Proposal on Difficult Grammatical Features: A Case for Teaching English Articles to Adult Japanese Learners
Matsuzaki, Takeshi
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Anecdotal evidence tells us that certain L2 linguistic features are more difficult to learn than others. For post critical period English-as-a-foreign-language Japanese learners, English articles ([zero or null], "some," "a(n)," and "the") are notoriously difficult grammatical features. After providing the reasons why articles are difficult and outlining a range of theoretical claims on L2 use, learning, and instruction that are in line with the current trend in SLA theorizing, this paper proposes two specific ways to assist adult Japanese learners in acquiring the English article system, that is, having learners memorize lexical items and providing rules-of-thumb. (Contains 5 footnotes and 2 figures.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Japan