How Does Age Affect Second Language Acquisition

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What Is The Age Effect On Second Language Acquisition?

Elif Büşra Ateş
Ege University
Faculty of Literature
Psychology Department, 07130000660

The purpose of this paper is examine age factor in a second language acquisition. There are an examination of experimental studies and there is a comparison of theoretical knowledge about foreign language learning. There is a debate issue in literature related this subject. This discussion is that; Is there a critical period in language acquisition? Those who support the Critical Period Hypothesis (Lenneberg, 1967; Penlield & Roberts, 1959) do not add other factors to the account. And their idea that; it is impossible to learn a foreign language after adolescence. Those who do not support this hypothesis, pay attention to personal and environmental factors. At the same time; adult and child learners have various advantages in a second language acquisition As a result; age is not the most important and deciding factor in an acquisition a language. Everyone can learn a foreign language at any age. It is important to
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Someone with second language acquisition is becomes able to use one or more language different from first language. This ability can start at adult or childhood. Age is one of the important factors affecting the process of a second language acquisition. Research related this subject has emphasized two major of language acquisition. These; the younger is better and the older is better. Many academics believe that; younger children are better than adults or adolescsnts at second language acquisition. However, more recent research show that; there is not linear correlation of learning among the same age group of learners. Individually differences are important at this point. There is uncertainty about this issue in the

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