Age as a Factor of Second Language Acquisition

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Age as a Factor of Second Language Acquisition


Milatović, Biljana


This paper, titled Age as a Factor of Second Language Acquisition examines the relationship of age factor to second language acquisition. It examines the development of the theories relating age to language development. The idea that the early age is a major factor in native-proficient in second language acquisition is a widely held and popular belief. Such views have been supported by many theories that were first proposed in the middle of the 20th century. This decision is usually based on the belief that younger children learn second languages more easily and more rapidly than adolescents and adults. The aim of foreign languages at the beginning of school education is to make children familiar with other means of communication other than their mother tongue, as well as to make them accept the use of other languages in a natural way and therefore start to acquire a multilingual competence that will enable them to communicate in a foreign language in daily situations and contexts which are typical of that age.


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