Factors Affecting Second Language Acquisition Case Study by chachacha

Factors Affecting Second Language Acquisition
This paper identifies and discusses several factors that appear to contribute to successful or unsuccessful language learning.
# 115837 | 2,525 words | 12 sources | APA | 2006 | NZ
Published on Aug 13, 2009 in Education (Theory) , Language (General) , Education (ESL) , Education (Multiculturalism)

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This study identifies different factors involved in three language learners that appeared to have positive or negative implication for their language acquisition, and discusses how these factors contribute toward successful or unsuccessful language learning. The writer argues that it is impossible to draw a single conclusion about the universal characteristics of successful language learning since a number of these factors such as individual differences are difficult to measure. Besides, the direction of causal relationship between these factors and the language learning remains unclear. The writer concludes that studying a variety of factors that may influence acquisition of target learning is an ongoing process for both learners and teachers to increase the chance of successful learning.

This paper includes an appendix of interview questions.

First Language
Risk Taking
Learning Context and Process

From the Paper:

"In this study, there were no signs of introverted characteristics for the participants, though their overall proficiency in the target language varied. This demonstrates the complexity of language learning processes and again the importance of other affective situational variables such as language teaching methods. However, it appeared that all three participants enjoy having conversations and discussions with others in their first language, though this was not the case when they needed to speak in their target language. Striving for higher self-esteem by the accumulation of positive experiences could be helpful to develop current situations for the participants. Nevertheless, this should not be achieved immediately since such experiences involve not only learners themselves but also others including teachers and speakers of the target language throughout the process of learning."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Arnold, J., & Brown, H. D. (1999). A map of the terrain. In J. Arnold (Ed.), Affect in language learning (pp. 8-18). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Brown, H. D. (1991). Breaking the language barrier: creating your own pathway to success. Yarmouth, ME: Intercultural Press.
  • Brown, H. D. (2000). Principle of language learning and teaching. New York: Longman.
  • Constantine, M. G., Kindaichi, M., Okazaki, S., Gainor, K. A., & Baden A. L. (2005). A Qualitative Investigation of the Cultural Adjustment Experiences of Asian International College Women. Cultural Diversity And Mental Health, 11, 163-275.
  • Cook, G. (2003). Applied linguistics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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