The Study Of Acquiring A Second Language

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The study of acquiring a second language has been a topic of debate since it began being studied due to ambiguous results in research. A major debatable topic is if age is, in fact, a factor when attempting to acquire a second language. The Critical Period Hypothesis works to conclude that age is a factor when attempting to acquire a first language, but has often been refuted in connection with the acquisition of a second language. Within a student’s educational journey, it is often required that he or she must learn and study a foreign language. It is thought that if these students begin learning an L2 within a certain period of time then they will be able to reach a standard to that of a native speaker. But, there have researchers who have stated that age is not a major factor when attempting to acquire a second language, rather there are numerous factors that affect second language acquisition. Within this topic, I was interested in whether age really does affect the acquisition of a second language, in particular with English L1s learning and acquiring Spanish as an L2. I was concerned with whether or not age really mattered, or if there were other factors that could affect the acquisition of an L2. I was also interested in seeing if an L2 student at a younger age would learn material at a faster pace than that of an older L2. My final concern was whether a younger L2 student would have pronunciation closer to that of a native speaker of Spanish, or if better
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