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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more

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Subject: Second Language Acquisition
Question: Hello. I am a high school student wanting to conduct a simple
linguistic science fair project concerning Second Language
Acquisition. I have become increasingly fascinated with this scientific

Ultimately, the problem of the science project can be simplified into
the following statement:

To determine which age group of monolingual English-speaking
children (6 -12; 13-19) retains the most amount of Spanish nouns in a
time span of five minutes.

I was planning to make a video with visuals, the written word, and the
spoken selection for the individual to watch.

Could you give me some pointers as to what vocabulary words I
should choose? What time span is optimal? How long and how many
children at a time should be tested? How to test the final material to
see how much of it was comprehended? Is Spanish too familiar for
most English-speaking children?

Your insight and advice is greatly appreciated.

From: Erick Murrer
Date: 11-Dec-2012
  1. Re: Second Language Acquisition    Nancy J. Frishberg     (11-Dec-2012)

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