National Library of Australia

You must be logged in to Tag Records
Is There an Optimal Age for Starting Second Language Instruction? [microform] / Fred Genesee
Bib ID 5378545
Format MicroformMicroform, BookBook
Author
Genesee, Fred
 
Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1978 
11 p. 
Summary

The notion that second language instruction is more effective if begun at an early age is seen as arising from cognitive-nativist and neuropsychological postulates, and from the argument of "affective purity." Each of these positions is reviewed, along with frequently-heard objections to each. A fresh perspective on the issue is thus established as a groundwork for the examination of some specific educational research that bears on the issue of optimum age. This research indicates that late instruction confers an advantage on the learner by virtue of his/her learning efficiency, while early instruction confers an advantage arising from the extended opportunities it provides for language learning in and outside school. The advantages which derive from late instruction are also conferred on the learner who begins early and continues his study through the higher grade levels. It is therefore concluded that high levels of second language proficiency are best achieved by an early start and long duration of instruction, provided that effective teaching methods are employed. (Author/JB)

Notes

McGill Journal of Education, v13 n2 p145-54 Spr 1978.

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18: https://eric.ed.gov/

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Adolescents.  |  Child Language.  |  Children.  |  Cognitive Processes.  |  Elementary Secondary Education.  |  Language Instruction.  |  Learning.  |  Learning Processes.  |  Learning Theories.  |  Second Language Learning.  |  Optimum Age
Form/genre Opinion Papers.  |  Journal Articles.
Available From ERIC 

Online

    In the Library

    Request this item to view in the Library's reading rooms using your library card. To learn more about how to request items watch this short online video Help Video.

    Details Collect From
    mc 2253 ED182992 Main Reading Room - Newspapers and Family History
    This item may be online. Please search the ERIC website prior to requesting this microfiche item.

    Order a copy

    - Copyright or permission restrictions may apply. We will contact you if necessary.

    Help Video To learn more about Copies Direct watch this short online video Help Video.
    close Can I borrow items from the Library?

    You need Flash player 8+ and JavaScript enabled to view this video embedded.

    You can view this on the NLA website.

    close What can I get online?

    You need Flash player 8+ and JavaScript enabled to view this video embedded.

    You can view this on the NLA website.

    close Can I get copies of items from the Library?

    You need Flash player 8+ and JavaScript enabled to view this video embedded.

    You can view this on the NLA website.

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags
    Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and other First Nations people are advised that this catalogue contains names, recordings and images of deceased people and other content that may be culturally sensitive. Please also be aware that you may see certain words or descriptions in this catalogue which reflect the author’s attitude or that of the period in which the item was created and may now be considered offensive.