Second Language Misconceptions

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Learning second language has become a trend around the world over these years. In nowadays society, just knowing one language seems not enough for today’s competitive environment. Along with the increasing number of the people who want to learn a second language, teacher’s mission of teaching second language become more and more significant. However, many teachers are holding the misconceptions which might influence the learnings of second language learners. “Myths and Misconceptions about Second Language Learning,” written by Barry Mclaughlin, is an article discussing the misconceptions about second language acquisition. In the article, the author points out five myths of second language acquisition that needs to be broken. Firstly, the article mentions, people typically believe that children can learn a second language better than adults. However, the author points out, this is simply not the case. Current researches show that except for pronunciation, adolescents and adult actually perform better than children in learning a second language. To break another saying: children learn languages faster than adults, the author argues that children can learn faster because children do not need to achieve the complicated communicative competences as adults do. Children can learn faster simply because the constructions they learn are shorter and easier. Consequently, teachers should not assume that children are able to learn second language quickly and easily and hence teach them
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