Second Language Acquisition ( Sla )

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Second language acquisition (SLA) has long been a topic of interest for many researchers such as linguists, psychologists, and educators. Through the study of SLA, researchers may better understand the basic properties of languages, how languages are processed in the brain, and how to facilitate the acquisition of a second language. A common topic of inquiry among SLA researchers is why some people seem to learn new languages with ease while others do not. This question is especially important to foreign language educators who want all of their students to succeed at becoming proficient in a second language. In order to provide the proper support their students need, educators must be aware of the many factors that influence SLA. In order to investigate why some language learners appear to be more successful than others, researchers examine the differences between individual learners. The current consensus among experts is that “individual learners learn differently depending on variables like learning opportunities, the motivation to learn, individual differences and learning styles in second language acquisition” (Bista, 2008, p. 2). Therefore an individual’s success is dependent on the combination of many factors. Educators may attempt to determine an individual’s chances at learning a language by measuring their language aptitude. While researchers thus far failed to create a universal definition for language aptitude, they have identified some aspects of
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