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    Effects of sound, vocabulary and grammar learning aptitude on adult second language oral ability in foreign language classrooms

    Saito, Kazuya (2017) Effects of sound, vocabulary and grammar learning aptitude on adult second language oral ability in foreign language classrooms. Language Learning 67 (3), pp. 665-693. ISSN 0023-8333.

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    Abstract

    The current study examined the relationship between different type of language learning aptitude (measured via the LLAMA test) and adult second language (L2) speech production attainment in English-as-a-foreign-language (EFL) classrooms. Picture descriptions elicited from 50 Japanese EFL learners with varied proficiency levels were analyzed by a range of pronunciation, fluency, vocabulary and grammar measures. According to the results of the statistical analyses, the participants’ aptitude test scores in phonemic coding, rote and associative memory and language analytic ability were moderately predictive of the phonological/morphological accuracy, speed fluency and lexicogrammar complexity of production—linguistic features thought to be instrumental to the acquisition of advanced L2 oral ability. In contrast, such aptitude-proficiency links were not found with respect to relatively implicit and incidental learning aptitude (sound recognition) and fundamental proficiency domains (the appropriate use of frequent words).

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Foreign language aptitude, Pronunciation, Fluency, Vocabulary, Grammar
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Applied Linguistics and Communication
    Depositing User: Kazuya Saito
    Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2017 10:48
    Last Modified: 15 Nov 2017 14:21
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/18083

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