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OnderzoekOnderzoek Faculteit der LetterenOnderzoeksinstitutenCenter for Language and Cognition

LANSPAN colloquia: Nihayra Leona (UvA)

Wanneer:di 12-12-2017 16:15 - 17:30
Waar:room A8 (Academy building)

Extramural English vs. motivation: Extramural English as the more important predictor of English language learners’ vocabulary.

A great number of studies has highlighted the role of motivational factors in adult English second language learning. Some studies have suggested that the younger the learners, the less important the role of motivational factors. Other studies pointed to the contribution of extramural English, i.e. exposure to English outside of a formal language learning setting, to English language learning. As part of the ORWELL project, we investigated the contribution of both motivational factors and extramural English to children’s English language learning. Participants were 284 monolingual (Dutch) and bilingual (Dutch-other language) primary school children (4th graders, 9-yrs olds). The results revealed that the children’s English receptive vocabulary is predicted by several types of extramural English, and that motivational factors play a minor role. These findings indicate that extramural English is critical to children’s English language learning. In contrast to adults, the role of motivation in young children learning English as a second language is relatively minor. The implications of these findings for the teaching of English as a second language in children will be discussed.

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