The Plight Of The Less Proficient Second Language Learner : Between Ducks And Parrots

Chuah, Kee Man and Shanthi, A/P Nadarajan and Oshodi, Bolu (2013) The Plight Of The Less Proficient Second Language Learner : Between Ducks And Parrots. Malaysian Journal of Languages and Linguistics, 2 (1). pp. 72-82. ISSN 2231-8593

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This article investigates the English language ability of a cross section of Malaysian second language learners. Using cross sectional data taken from a cartoon completion task given to one hundred and twenty respondents, the study investigates learner ability in terms of language knowledge and language use of three groups namely, initial, intermediate and finite stage. The goal of the project was to determine: a) how L2 learners use the past tense forms and pronouns; b) how second language (L2) learners use the knowledge acquired and c) how this knowledge is put to use in sentence constructions. The findings revealed that L2 learners at all levels continue to the exhibit performance errors which include: a) identical nominal gender in L1 overriding the different gender cues; b) some principles available only at the later stages of the process, and c) memory restrictions. Given the limited language proficiency of many of the subjects it was difficult to establish whether these errors were due to competing or shared representations or false assumptions that learning has taken place based on restricted insights into learners word use in classrooms.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Competition Model, Transfer, Cross-Linguistic Influence, Teaching Standards, Grammar, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Language Studies & Communication Studies
Depositing User: Gani
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2020 00:15
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2020 00:15

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