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A Processability Approach to Instructed Language Learning in Multilingual Contexts

Developmental Stages from a Receptive Competence Perspective

Helen Victoria Forsyth    Libera Università di Bolzano, Italia    

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Existing research indicates a qualitative difference between Second Language Learning and Third Language Acquisition, and certain psycholinguistic and developmental aspects of multilingual learners merit investigation. The present article examines stages in receptive learner acquisition of English as a Third Language at Italian medium primary schools in South Tyrol (Italy) employing a picture selection task and implicational scaling analysis. It highlights the role that processing approaches to acquisition proposing constraints on developmental readiness and cross-linguistic influence may play in the emergence of receptive competence in morphosyntactic structures.

Pubblicato
29 Luglio 2022
Accettato
21 Aprile 2022
Presentato
30 Dicembre 2021
Lingua
EN

Keywords: MultilingualismDevelopmentally Moderated Transfer HypothesisThird Language AcquisitionTeachability HypothesisProcessability TheoryReceptive competence

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