Article published in:Sensitive periods, language aptitude, and ultimate L2 attainment
Edited by Gisela Granena and Mike Long
[Language Learning & Language Teaching 35] 2013
► pp. 259–272
Some implications of research findings on sensitive periods in language learning for educational policy and practice
Opinions differ as to the implications of research findings on sensitive periods in language learning – and more generally, on age effects – for educational policy and practice. This is true even among those convinced of relationships among age of beginning a foreign language, rate of development, and long-term attainment. It is argued that policy recommendations need to be determined with clear reference to the general educational context, including the importance of foreign language abilities in the society, and for the individuals, concerned. Early and more recent research findings are then reviewed, and proposals made for future work on the issues.
Published online: 22 May 2013
Cited by 3 other publications
Lee, Eun-Kyoung Rosa
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