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ERIC Number: EJ880609
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0142-6001
Input Quality Matters: Some Comments on Input Type and Age-Effects in Adult SLA
Rothman, Jason; Guijarro-Fuentes, Pedro
Applied Linguistics, v31 n2 p301-306 May 2010
In accord with the general program of researching factors relating to ultimate attainment and maturational constraints in adult language acquisition, this commentary highlights the importance of input differences in amount, type, and setting between naturalistic and classroom learners of an L2. It is suggested that these variables are often confounded with age factors. Herein, we wish to call attention to the possible deterministic role that the differences in the "grammatical quality" of classroom input have on development and on competence outcomes. Framing what we see as greater formal complexity of the learning task for classroom learners, we suggest that one might benefit from focusing less on difference and more on how classroom L2 learners, at least some of them, come to acquire all that they do despite crucial qualitative differences in their input.
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Language: English
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