Ambiguity in Foreign Language Acquisition and Role of Language Aptitude

Jeftić, Alma (2011) Ambiguity in Foreign Language Acquisition and Role of Language Aptitude. In: 1st International Conference on Foreign Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics (FLTAL’11), 5-7 May 2011, Sarajevo.

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The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of cognitive theories important for foreign language acquisition and to emphasize the role of language aptitude for foreign language comprehension. Language comprehension is a specific example of the perceptual processes, and the same principles that emerge in perception also play important role in language. Ambiguity resolution is a key component of language comprehension, and it is similar to ambiguity in perceptual processes. According to CANAL-FT cognitive theory of foreign language acquisition, one of the central abilities required for foreign language acquisition is the ability to cope with novelty and ambiguity. This ability will be explained as a part of the experiential aspect of intelligence, based on Sternberg‘s triarchic theory of human intelligence. Novel tasks or situations serve as good measures of intellectual ability and more intelligent individuals move from consciously learning in a novel situation to automating the new learning. Applied to classroom environment, this theory predicts that language aptitude is kind of information processing and developing expertize, rather than an entity fixed at birth. Language aptitude training should increase language performance and lead to ambiguity resolution.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: language acquisition, ambiguity resolution, CANAL-FT, triarchic theory, language aptitude training
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
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Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2012 13:35
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2012 13:15

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