This book examines the various ways in which age affects the process and the product of foreign language learning in a school setting. It presents studies that cover a wide range of topics, from phonetics to learning strategies. It will be of interest to students and researchers working in SLA research, language planning and language teaching.
Carmen Munoz received her MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Reading, UK. and her PhD in English Linguistics from the University of Barcelona, Spain, where she is now a Professor of English Linguistics and Applied Linguistics. Her research interests include second and foreign language acquisition, as well as bilingual acquisition. She is the coordinator of the Barcelona Age Factor (BAF) Project. Her recent publications have focused on the age factor in foreign language acquisition, cross linguistic influence and individual differences.
Contents Introduction - Carmen Munoz (Universitat de Barcelona) 1. The Effects of Age on Foreign Language Learning: the BAF Project - Carmen Munoz 2. The Development of English (FL) Perception and Production Skills: Starting Age and Exposure Effects - Natalia Fullana 3. Age Effects on Oral Fluency Development - Joan Carles Mora (Universitat de Barcelona) 4. Age and Vocabulary Acquisition in EFL - Immaculada Miralpeix (Universitat de Barcelona) 5. Accuracy Orders, Rate of Learning and Age in Morphological Acquisition - Carmen Munoz 6. Rate and Route of Acquisition in EFL Narrative Development at Different - Ages Esther Alvarez (Universitat de Barcelona) 7. Age and IL Development in Writing - Maria Rosa Torras, Teresa Naves, Maria Luz Celaya and Carmen Perez-Vidal (Universitat de Barcelona) 8. Age, Proficiency Level and Interactional Skills: Evidence from Breakdowns in Production - Gisela Granena 9. Reported Strategy Use and Age - Elsa Tragant (Universitat de Barcelona) and Mia Victori (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona) 10. Language Learning Motivation and Age - Elsa Tragant (Universitat de Bercelona) General Appendices Index