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ERIC Number: EJ745175
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 9
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0951-0893
Overcoming Age-Related Differences
Agullo, Gloria Luque
ELT Journal, v60 n4 p365-373 2006
One of the most controversial issues in foreign language (FL) teaching is the age at which language learning should start. Nowadays it is recognized that in second language contexts maturational constraints make an early start advisable, but there is still disagreement regarding the problem of when to start or the best way to learn in foreign contexts. The aim of this paper is threefold: to establish if there is a critical or sensitive period for FL learners; to determine the particular linguistic and cognitive aspects affected by this period; and to make a pedagogical proposal to overcome the age-related problem using an extract taken from the film "Shrek." This proposal comprises two lesson plans using the same film extract, one for children and the other one for older students. These plans are then compared in terms of the different cognitive, linguistic, and metalinguistic processes involved in learning and teaching for each age range.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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