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A contrastive analysis of first and second language learning


Wu, Ruiting and Le, VT and Lu, Jinjin, A contrastive analysis of first and second language learning, Theory and practice in language studies, 4, (3) pp. 458-465. ISSN 1799-2591 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.4304/tpls.4.3.458-465


Second language learning is increasingly important in the modern world. Second language learners often wonder why they have experienced so many difficulties when learning a second language, while they did not experience it when learning a first language. This study aimed to discover a way in which the second language learning can benefit from the first language learning. A random sample of 50 second language learners was used. The data gathering consisted of a questionnaire. A combination of both quantitative and qualitative approaches was utilised to analyse the data. The findings confirmed that the first language is indeed learned more easily than the second language. A number of recommendations have been made in relation to this study to assist second language learners to improve their second language learning.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Continuing and community education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Pedagogy
UTAS Author:Wu, Ruiting (Miss Ting Wu)
UTAS Author:Le, VT (Mr Van Le)
UTAS Author:Lu, Jinjin (Ms Jinjin Lu)
ID Code:89829
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2014-03-17
Last Modified:2015-05-06

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