Capstone/Dissertation Title

Ideal conditions for successful adult second language learning

Term

2008

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Abstract

The objective of this research is to examine what sets highly successful adult language learners apart by comparing research on ideal language learning conditions with the voices of adult ESL practitioners. The motivating factor of this paper is that learning a second language in adulthood is a complicated process. Some adults have little difficulty picking up a second language, while others struggle to achieve minimal proficiency. The methodology was a survey, which was administered to teachers of adult ESL students. The results of this survey were compared to research in the field of adult second language learning. Based on these sources, the author concluded that there are four favorable conditions for adults to become highly proficient in a second language: 1) having an aptitude for language learning 2) being surrounded in a rich target language environment outside the classroom 3) being motivated to learn the language 4) having self-confidence.

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