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The status of metalinguistic knowledge in instructed adult L2 learning

Roehr, K and Gánem-Gutiérrez, GA (2009) 'The status of metalinguistic knowledge in instructed adult L2 learning.' Language Awareness, 18 (2). 165 - 181. ISSN 0965-8416

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This study investigated second language metalinguistic knowledge, or explicit knowledge about the second language, in English-speaking university-level learners of German and Spanish. The status of metalinguistic knowledge in relation to the individual difference variables of language-learning aptitude, working memory for language, and participants' language-learning history was identified. Language-learning experience in formal settings was found to be the strongest predictor for levels of metalinguistic knowledge attained by the participants. Moreover, it was found that despite a significant relationship with language-learning aptitude, metalinguistic knowledge is separable and distinct from both aptitude and working memory. In conclusion, suggestions for further research are put forward. © 2009 Taylor & Francis.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Language and Linguistics, Department of
Depositing User: Admin
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2011 10:39
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2019 00:15

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