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LINGUIST List 19.153

Mon Jan 14 2008

Diss: Psycholing: Ferreira: 'Radio Programs: An alternative source...'

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Message 1: Radio Programs: An alternative source to oral input in FLA
Date: 12-Jan-2008
From: Fernando Ferreira Junior <jr_fernandohotmail.com>
Subject: Radio Programs: An alternative source to oral input in FLA
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Institution: State University of Campinas
Program: Linguistics
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2000

Author: Fernando G. Ferreira Junior

Dissertation Title: Radio Programs: An alternative source to oral input in FLA

Dissertation URL: http://libdigi.unicamp.br/document/?code=vtls000212327

Linguistic Field(s): Psycholinguistics

Dissertation Director:
Linda Gentry El-Dash

Dissertation Abstract:

This dissertation explores the importance and effectiveness of short wave
radio programs in the process of foreign language acquisition (FLA) for
those who have no access to other sources of oral input in the FL studied.
In addition to this lack of oral input, the low economic status of most
Brazilian FL students makes such programs a very cost-effective alternative
to oral input, i.e., an important aid to their FL development.

It is also shown here that regularly listening to such broadcasts (the
news, mainly) - which are a rich source of authentic and comprehensible
input - can truly help learners in the process of FLA. Such input, although
linguistically complex, is made comprehensible through the use of schemata,
or background knowledge, that learners possess. These issues are explored
from a connectionist perspective.





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