Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Individual Differences in Second Language Acquisition
by Medina, Erica, M.A., The American University of Paris (France), 2016, 71; 13871585
Abstract (Summary)

Second language acquisition can be defined as the process in which language learning occurs through the formal study of rules, patterns, and conventions which enable one to talk about and consciously or unconsciously apply the knowledge gained. Individual differences, along with linguistic input, play a key part in the process of second language acquisition. Studies such as the VILLA Project focus on the exposure conditions and the content of the input leading to initial contact in the process of second language acquisition. Participants’ individual differences in the categories of motivation and individual learning style for Francophone students served as the control variables, and the form-based versus meaning-based input as the experimental variable. In comparison to their German and Dutch counterparts, neither the Francophone meaning nor form based groups presented any significant results based on these specific individual differences in their acquisition of Polish in the word formation tasks. Further study should be conducted on other individual differences and their role in the acquisition process.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gilbert, Geoff
School: The American University of Paris (France)
Department: Cultural Translation
School Location: France
Source: MAI 58/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Language
Publication Number: 13871585
ISBN: 978-1-392-03735-5
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