An exploratory study of the role of age and language learning aptitude in a short stay abroad

dc.contributor.authorSerrano, Raquel
dc.contributor.authorLlanes, Àngels
dc.date.accessioned2017-06-01T09:55:46Z
dc.date.available2017-06-01T09:55:46Z
dc.date.issued2015
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this study is to analyze the effect of age and aptitude on the second language (L2) gains made in English by a group of Catalan/Spanish bilinguals who spent three weeks in the United Kingdom. The participants included 39 learners aged between 12 and 17 years old. Aptitude was measured through a vocabulary test (LLAMA B, Meara, 2005), which examines rote memory. Participants’ L2 skills were analyzed through a grammaticality judgment test (GJT) and a formulaic sequences test (FST). The results indicate that the L2 learners made significant gains in the two tests after a three-week stay abroad. Additionally, both age and aptitude had a significant impact on the type of language gains the learners made: older learners outperformed younger learners in the two tasks, and high aptitude learners outperformed low aptitude learners in the FST. Nevertheless, no interactions were observed between L2 gains and age or aptitude.ca_ES
dc.description.sponsorshipThis research was supported by Grant FFI2010-18006 and Grant 2009SGR137.ca_ES
dc.identifier.idgrec023451
dc.identifier.issn1697-0381
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10459.1/59757
dc.language.isoengca_ES
dc.publisherUniversity of Vigoca_ES
dc.relationinfo:eu-repo/grantAgreement/MICINN//FFI2010-18006/ES/ADQUISICION DEL INGLES A DIFERENTES EDADES EN CONTEXTOS DE EXPOSICION INTENSIVA EXTRAESCOLAR Y ESCOLAR/
dc.relation.isformatofReproducció del document publicat a http://vialjournal.webs.uvigo.es/pdf/Vial-2015-Article5.pdfca_ES
dc.relation.ispartofVigo International Journal of Applied Linguistics, 2015, vol. 12, p. 107-126ca_ES
dc.rights(c) Vigo International Journal of Applied Linguistics, 2015ca_ES
dc.rights.accessRightsinfo:eu-repo/semantics/openAccessca_ES
dc.subjectStay abroadca_ES
dc.subjectYoung learnersca_ES
dc.subjectAptitudeca_ES
dc.subjectGrammarca_ES
dc.subjectFormulaic sequencesca_ES
dc.titleAn exploratory study of the role of age and language learning aptitude in a short stay abroadca_ES
dc.typearticleca_ES
dc.type.versionpublishedVersionca_ES
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