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ERIC Number: EJ862004
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 58
ISSN: ISSN-0965-8416
The Status of Metalinguistic Knowledge in Instructed Adult L2 Learning
Roehr, Karen; Ganem-Gutierrez, Gabriela Adela
Language Awareness, v18 n2 p165-181 May 2009
This study investigated second language metalinguistic knowledge, or explicit knowledge about the second language, in English-speaking university-level learners of German and Spanish. The status of metalinguistic knowledge in relation to the individual difference variables of language-learning aptitude, working memory for language, and participants' language-learning history was identified. Language-learning experience in formal settings was found to be the strongest predictor for levels of metalinguistic knowledge attained by the participants. Moreover, it was found that despite a significant relationship with language-learning aptitude, metalinguistic knowledge is separable and distinct from both aptitude and working memory. In conclusion, suggestions for further research are put forward. (Contains 3 tables and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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