Foreign language learning and advanced age the 3-power-model: A new conceptual approach

Linhart, Helga (2010) Foreign language learning and advanced age the 3-power-model: A new conceptual approach. In: Lifelong Learning International Conference 2010 (3LInC '10) , 10 - 12 November 2010, Seri Pacific Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Throughout the twentieth century theory formation on Foreign Language Acquisition has primarily focused on young language learners. However, current demographic tendencies along with the concept of lifelong learning strongly suggest an expansion of the age spectrum towards a more balanced theoretical approach and derived FLL-concepts. The present paper addresses this issue by focusing on the question whether and to what extent FLL aptitude is subject to age-related variance. Building on the results of an empirical study conducted with adults who learnt Chinese-Mandarin, a range of relevant parameters was investigated and evaluated. Data analysis focused on retentiveness and cross-linguistic components, with further learner-related factors including individual differences, as well as psycholinguistic, and neurolinguistic aspects.As it was diagnosed that current theoretical concepts do not sufficiently incorporate the very specifics of the adult foreign language learner beyond his/her school and student years, new conceptual perspectives were developed. In search of a proper evaluation of this ‘overlooked and understudied’ learner type the 3-Power-Model was conceptualized as a new and futureoriented theoretical framework and taxonomic model. The three-level construct is meant to provide a conceptual base for the investigation of the intricate and volatile cause-effect relationship between age and psychological, genetic, biological and cognitive learner dimensions.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Organised by Executive Development Centre University Utara Malaysia
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
Divisions: Executive Development Centre
Depositing User: Mrs. Norazmilah Yaakub
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2011 02:52
Last Modified: 03 Jan 2011 02:52
URI: http://repo.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/2023

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