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By Betty Lou Leaver

Aimed toward starting to intermediate undergraduates and above, this textbook is designed to aid the coed in achieving optimum good fortune as a language learner and person. It teaches scholars to appreciate their very own personal tastes in studying, increase person studying plans and techniques, and choose applicable studying thoughts. every one bankruptcy comprises an outline and evaluation part, with studying actions that scholars can perform both separately or in school rooms.

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Read voraciously One might be tempted (as we were, above) to say that one learns to speak by speaking, as we have said about other skills, and that would be true in general. However, research studies are beginning to show something else that is quite interesting. Many good speakers did not acquire their speaking skills by a lot of speaking practice; rather, they acquired them by doing a lot of reading (Badawi, 2002; Leaver, 2003a), then using what they had read in speaking. Accent reduction Listening to someone with a heavy accent talk can be very tiring.

Lateralization is also considered to be responsible for the finalization of the range of sounds that a person can hear or learn and an explanation for why children generally acquire foreign languages without an accent and most adults have a moderate to severe accent when they speak. Children have also been said to have a Language Acquisition Device (LAD), or “black box,” in their heads (Chomsky, 1998). This LAD is envisioned as an unseen, uncharted part(s) of the brain (or perhaps just a manner of synaptic functioning) that allows children to acquire the structure and words of a language without conscious effort.

Children in the process of language acquisition often can hear and process elisions quite readily; adults may find that they need to work at this harder and spend time in deliberately studying and practicing this particular aspect of language. ) Intonation Native-like intonation is another area that is often difficult for adult learners to acquire and that seems to come readily to a child. Typically, the intonational patterns that are present in one’s own language strongly influence one’s intonation in a foreign language, including, sometimes, even at pretty advanced levels of foreign-language proficiency.

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