Markers of success: A study of twins' instructed second language acquisition

Antón-Méndeza, Inés, Ellis, Elizabeth M, Coventry, William, Byrne, Brian and Van Daal, Victor H.P. (2015) Markers of success: A study of twins' instructed second language acquisition. Learning and Individual Differences, 42. pp. 44-52. ISSN 1041-6080 DOI

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In this paper we examine the association between proficiency in instructed second language acquisition (ISLA) and a number of factors that have been reported to have an influence on success rates of second language acquisition: previous bilingualism, starting age of ISLA, language anxiety and motivation. The analyses were conducted on a sample of up to 564 adolescent Australian twins learning a second language at school. Additionally, the use of twin data allowed us to also examine degrees of discrepancy within pairs of monozygotic twins for clues as to the types of environmental effects that predict achievement. Our results point to a clear relationship between a type of motivation, namely, class attitude, and proficiency in the second language. On the other hand, language anxiety does not seem to be related to proficiency in ISLA. Results relating to the possible effects of previous bilingualism and ISLA starting age were less clear cut.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1501 Primary Education
Divisions: Education
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2016 15:44

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