0000009117 00000 n The basic principles of language acquisition should be on building self-confidence, introducing English language with ease, building vocabulary and developing the … Language learning, in contrast to language acquisition, is the process whereby humans past the critical period learn second languages. It's easy to keep asking Preproduction students yes/no questions or have them respond by pointing, but the students must do more than simply recall knowledge. During this time, new language learners typically spend time learning vocabulary and practice pronouncing new words. xref If time allows, add two more teacher strategies to each stage. FIRST AND SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION 2. x�b```�V ��1�0p,`qY`2�� The Monitor hypothesis 15 (a) Individual variation in Monitor use 18 4. For Early Production students, questions that require a one-word response, such as yes/no and either/or questions, are acceptable. As you can see from Figure 2.1, it is OK to ask Preproduction students "Where is …?" 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Second Language Acquisition Theory 9 A. This stage is controversial among language educators. How quickly students progress through the stages depends on many factors, including level of formal education, family background, and length of time spent in the country. Questions requiring phrase or short-sentence answers, Questions requiring more than a sentence response. Copyright © 2008 by Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL). Similarities between First and Second Language Acquisition 2.1 Developmental Sequences Researchers have carried out numerous studies to understand the nature of first and second language acquisition. 2. The statements on the cards for this activity in Appendix 9 are taken from a high school science class during a plant unit. 0000000816 00000 n How would you engage students across all stages of second language acquisition at all levels of thinking? Figure 2.2 illustrates the levels in the taxonomy, starting with questions for recalling information (low level) and concluding with questions for predicting and discriminating among ideas (high level). Weve found that a contextual, theme-based curriculum can help get students more excited to dive into language learning. Tiered Questions. ... To sum up, interlanguage is a linguistic system created by second language learners to assist their second language acquisition. You can use tiered questions to include all ELLs in whole-class activities or one on one to check comprehension or content learning. �B$��T`��@�A� i�. All humans have the ability to learn additional languages although, just as with other areas of study like math or science, some people are better at learning second languages than others. Philosophers have always been fascinated by the human linguistic ability, particularly its initial acquisition. The acquisition-learning distinction 10 2. We want to challenge their thinking and speaking abilities. 101 0 obj <> endobj Students learning a second language move through five predictable stages: Preproduction, Early Production, Speech Emergence, Intermediate Fluency, and Advanced Fluency (Krashen & Terrell, 1983). Students acquiring a second language progress through five predictable stages. A person's second language, or L2, is a language that is not the native language (first language or L1) of the speaker, but is learned later (usually as a foreign language, but it can be another language used in the speaker's home country). A child absorbs the language that is spoken in their environment with characteristics such as the tonal quality, the syntax, and the usages of that language. 0000002610 00000 n Different shapes of lips, throat, and other parts of the vocal tract have an effect on voice quality; this is part of the individuality of each person’s voice referred to above. Asking the tiered questions that accompany the stages of acquisition is one way to help students move to the next stage. What distinguishes low-level questions from high-level ones? This stage may last from several hours to several months, depending on the individual learner. It is even OK to ask Preproduction students a question every so often that requires a one-word response, because we always want to transition them to the next stage. Research shows that high levels of student engagement are "a robust predictor … Phone English language learners at all stages of acquisition should be asked questions at all levels of thinking. A child can learn languages which are spoken by their parents. No part of this publication—including the drawings, graphs, illustrations, or chapters, except for brief quotations in Alexandria, VA 22311-1714. The Domain of the Conscious Grammar: The Morpheme Studies 51 5. The Six Stages of Second-Language Acquisition Ever since Socrates intoned “Know thyself,” we have tried to peek behind the curtain and find out how we are actually able to learn language and use it for a myriad of communicative purposes. The 10 Characteristics Of A ‘Good Language Learner’ Learning a second language has a lot in common with learning to play an instrument or sport. You may ask yourself, "How can I possibly ask a Preproduction or Early Production student a high-level question if the most that student can do is point or give a one-word response?" As teachers of second language learners, we must have a basic working knowledge base regarding the process that language learners go through to learn a second language. What are the implications of the stages for mainstream instruction? You also want to begin asking students at this stage questions that require a phrase or short sentence. To ensure that the student is being challenged and pushed to the next level, it is important to once in a while ask questions from the next level as well. [Facilitator:Bring out one premade game board and set of cards for each table or small group (see Appendix 9).]. The field of second-language acquisition is a sub-discipline of applied linguistics, but also receives research attention from a variety of other disciplines, such as psychology and education. THE EDUCATION OF SPECIAL NEEDS groups has received increased attention worldwide in the past few decades (UNESCO, 1994; United Nations, 2007), but only recently have second language acquisition (SLA) researchers started to think about them as language learners and language users who are active participants in shaping the multilingual discourse community of our globalized world. Acquiring language is an unconscious process, whereas learning a second language is a conscious one (Krashen, 1982). Second, the acquisition of literacy skills in these children depends on the relationship between the two languages 9 and the level of proficiency in the second language. It is OK to sometimes ask these students questions requiring a multiple-sentence response, but it is not OK to ask them questions requiring a pointing or one-word response. 0000005588 00000 n Ana Lomba disagrees that second language learners are totally silent while they are in this first learning stage. 0000001502 00000 n Instead, Lomba sta… It may be due to travel, migration, office, curiosity, career, skill, networking, smartness, or anything. or "Who has …?" 0000004981 00000 n One way for mainstream teachers to engage their ELLs more is by asking tiered questions. 1703 North Beauregard St. Alexandria, VA 22311-1714. The natural order hypothesis 12 (a) Transitional forms 14 3. To improve her ability to ask tiered questions, a 1st grade teacher asks the school ESL teacher to demonstrate the strategy in her class during a discussion of The Three Little Pigs. It is important that you tie instruction for each student to his or her particular stage of language acquisition. By knowing the stages of language acquisition and stage-appropriate questions, you can engage students at the correct level of discourse. 0000004127 00000 n You may be asked to share your responses with the larger group. [Facilitator:Explain tiered questions while showing Slides 16–17.]. While they may engage in self-talk, they don’t normally speak the language with any fluency or real understanding. The Ramirez study of bilingual educational programs (Ramirez, 1992) found that in all the language programs studied (including immersion and early- and late-exit transitional programs), teachers tended to ask low-level questions. 0000019581 00000 n Appendix 1 shows an actual matrix using both the levels of thinking and the stages of second language acquisition. For some reason, many people think that students in the initial stages of acquisition can only answer low-level questions and that those in the advanced stages are more likely to answer high-level questions. Here are some theories on the matter: When you are finished, answer these questions: Research shows that high levels of student engagement are "a robust predictor of student achievement and behavior in school" (Klem & Connell, 2004, p. 262). II. Speech Emergence students should be asked to answer questions that require a short-sentence response. 0000004288 00000 n 0000005463 00000 n INTRODUCTION • Grammar Translation Method • non-communicative approach that relies on reading and translation, mastery of grammatical rules and accurate writing • Audiolingual Method • non-communicative approach that involves heavy use of mimicry, imitations and drill. 0000000016 00000 n Place the activity cards on the most suitable space on the game board. 0000003371 00000 n When a child understands the importance of understanding a language and can see how it directly applies to their life, they learn faster. The Role of the First Language in Second Language Acquisition 64 6. <<70FA7C26FCD39446894D2E8D6A92FDB7>]>> Knowing this information about each student allows you to work within his or her zone of proximal development—that gap between what students can do on their own and what they can with the help of more knowledgeable individuals (Vygotsky, 1978). When learning a second language, students must learn about its structure and appropriate use. 0000026360 00000 n For each stage of second language acquisition, the ESL teacher asks the following types of tiered questions: Turn to the sample lesson plans in Appendix 5–8 and select the one that's most appropriate for your grade level. Learn more about our permissions policy and submit your request online. They all require frequent practice and sustained effort. "The process of learning a second language (L2) is characteristically non-linear and fragmentary, marked by a mixed landscape of rapid progression in certain areas but slow movement, incubation, or even permanent stagnation in others. First and second language acquisition 1. You likely use or recall Bloom's taxonomy (Bloom, Englehart, Furst, Hill, & Krathwohl, 1956), which provides a structure for categorizing the level of abstraction of questions. 0000007921 00000 n When they are interested in learning a language and they see meaningful connections to their lives, they begin to take risks to produce language, which helps them to acquire it f… Anyone who has been around children who are learning to talk knows that the process happens in stages—first understanding, then one-word utterances, then two-word phrases, and so on. 1703 North Beauregard St. – Some distinguish infant language acquisition – as defining the process of acquiring the first language (s) – from second language acquisition, which takes place "later" and in addition to speech, includes also reading and writing. Address 0000001847 00000 n We recommend that teachers ask frequent questions throughout their lessons, as doing so lets ELLs practice their new language and helps teachers assess how much of the content the ELLs understand. trailer It is concerned with the role of individual differences in second language acquisition. 0000010076 00000 n The input hypothesis 20 (a) Statement of the hypothesis 20 Gardner’s Socio-educational Model of Second Language acquisition Gardner’s Socio-educational Model of Second Language Acquisition, according to Gu (2009) is the first and most influential theory of motivation in the area of L2 motivation research. Although there may be an approximate time frame for each stage of language acquisition, the length of time students spend at each level will be as varied as the students themselves. 0000001635 00000 n In fact, in more than half of their interactions, students did not produce any oral language; when they did, they engaged in simple recall. This knowledge base will be based on research-grounded theories of second language acquisition. Subscribe to ASCD Express, our free email newsletter, to have practical, actionable strategies and information delivered to your email inbox twice a month. Second-language acquisition assumes knowledge in a first language and encompasses the process an individual goes through as he or she learns the elements of a new language, such as vocabulary, phonological components, grammatical structures, and writing systems. 0 0000004042 00000 n Characteristics of Optimal Input for Second Language Acquisition. 0000016760 00000 n including photocopy, recording, or any information storage and retrieval system, without permission from ASCD. Teaching strategies in second language acquisition 3.1 Strategy 1: Analyzing characteristics of the second language learners Generally speaking, there are more effective and less effective students in classrooms for learning the second language. The taxonomy is used to examine the relationship between different characteristics of recasts and learner uptake/repair. Three learner characteristics have consistently been found to be consequential for language learning: motivation, anxiety, and beliefs about language learning. The student has a near-native level of speech. 0000004658 00000 n 0000005522 00000 n The students have already acquired and integrated plant knowledge and are now ready to practice, review, and apply what they've learned. CALP is Cognitive Academic Language Pr… When English language learners (ELLs) struggle with reading, it can be difficult to distinguish between learning disabilities and the language acquisition process. Challenge 3: The characteristics of learning disabilities in many ways mirror characteristics associated with second language acquisition. Over time learners, musicians and athletes receive feedback, refine … Attitude and Aptitude in Second Language Acquisition and Learning 19 3. After reading the lesson, match the sample student responses at the end to their respective stages of second language acquisition. However, this is not the case. … 0000008681 00000 n Second-language acquisition (SLA), second-language learning or L2 (language 2) acquisition, is the process by which people learn a second language. We don't want them to get stuck at a knowledge level only. Another reason for all teachers to gain insights into their students' stages of second language acquisition is to meet the requirements of the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act, which requires ELLs to progress in their content knowledge and in their English language proficiency. Do not mistake an ELL's limited output for an inability to think abstractly. Formal and Informal Linguistic Environments in Language Acquisition and Language Learning 40 4. Why should we be aware of the stages of language acquisition? Slide 1: The topic for this training session is Second Language Acquisition. Monday through Friday Cummins makes the distinction between two differing kinds of language proficiency. Second language acquisition, how Studies have shown that second language acquisition theories are useful for many reasons. Abstract This paper is an attempt to shed light on the notion of Second Language Acquisition (SLA) in general, and the characteristic features of optimal input that accelerate the process of L2 acquisition in particular. Second Language Acquisition and the Critical Period Hypothesis When learning a second language a native-like level is hardly ever reached. l.�����T�$펊S�.�9��^� _W��C.Al@����v����ZA�U��$���.`Slq �b�;)���T�Ι,�.d>��p���`Ш�#�@����A�AF���|�W���da�M�E�����I�D�kE�4.�&���p����&�+R��@�-��ʾ�t���Y����ڦxH����n�|!o����OFA׈�A%��P� khhh� �e��u�b� We can't have ELLs stuck at the lowest levels of thinking. 126 0 obj <>stream MISSION: ASCD empowers educators to achieve excellence in learning, teaching, and leading so that every child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. Yes, you can acquire a second language. As Figure 2.3 shows, the levels of thinking and the stages of second language acquisition should operate more as axes than in side-by-side alignment. How about Intermediate and Advanced Fluency students? Various research has been conducted into this phenomenon which has resulted in a number of hypotheses concerning the possible cause thereof. Figure 2.1 summarizes the five stages of language acquisition and shows some appropriate prompts and sample questions to use for each stage of second language acquisition. By contrast, he acquired his native language through the process of communicating with his family and community. vqH��s�s�s�p��4��a�.���I�I����k�_�4�ܙܘJ��}�y�r�zs��)K5���:0� 6%ݲ���lE&v 3. 2. startxref Complete the "stages" activity in Appendix 4. Second-language acquisition is also the scientific discipline devoted to studying that process. Adopted infants, whatever their physical characteristics and whatever the language of their biological parents, acquire the language of the adoptive parents. All rights reserved. BICSare Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills; these are the "surface" skills oflistening and speaking which are typically acquired quickly by many students; particularlyby those from language backgrounds similar to English who spend a lot of their school timeinteracting with native speakers. 0000001438 00000 n 0000013068 00000 n critical reviews or articles—may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, 0000009029 00000 n This lesson describes the four characteristics of interlanguage and the five factors in the interlanguage process, along with an example for each factor. 0000009168 00000 n By Janette Klingner, University of Colorado at Boulder. Some learners make rapid progress in learning a second language, while others with the same initial ability and language instruction make little progress in the same amount of time. %PDF-1.3 %���� Have you ever seen the levels of thinking from Bloom's taxonomy aligned with the stages of second language acquisition? %%EOF Five Hypotheses About Second Language Acquisition 10 1. UNDAMENTAL TO ACCURATELY DIFFERENTIATING LEARNING DIFFERENCESfrom academic or behavior disorders is a working knowledge of the major learning/behavior characteristics reflec- tive of second language acquisition, diverse cultural values and norms, as well as learning disabili- ties and behavioral disorders. ASCD respects intellectual property rights and adheres to the laws governing them. The child absorbs the language that is most prevalent in the environment they live. 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