Second Language Acquisition

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SUBJECT ASSIGNMENT:
SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION

Name and surname(s): Heber Guerrero Giron Login: PEFPMTFL966476 Group: 31 Date: February 29, 2012

INTRODUCTION

Second language acquisition is a process by which people learn a second language. It refers to any language learned in addition to the first language and the differences between both processes. Second language acquisition is a controversial issue; since, there is no a general agreement about how and when it takes place. Several theories and models have tried to explain the facts that may be involved
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Both the Acculturation Model and the Accommodation Theory are mainly Socio-psychological models and do not take into account the cognitive process that takes place in language acquisition.

Krashen also gives importance to motivation and the learner’s attitude towards the L2. However, he based his Affective Filter Hypothesis on formal Second language instruction where motivation and the different feelings towards L2 a learner has, from the target language affects the quantity of Input learners receive and can be turned into Intake. The Affective Filter Hypothesis suggests that learners with low motivation and negative views of the target language receive little Input, while learners with more motivation received and acquire much from the Input they are exposed to. As Krashen states:

The Affective Filter Hypothesis captures the relationship between affective variables and the process of second language acquisition by positing that acquirers vary with respect to the strength or level of their Affective Filters.