Key Terms for Language Teachers - A Pocket Guide - Alessandro Benati

Key Terms for Language Teachers - A Pocket Guide - Alessandro Benati

L1 and L2 Acquisition

Key Terms for Language Teachers - A Pocket Guide - Alessandro Benati

Alessandro Benati [+-]
The University of Hong Kong
Alessandro Benati is Director of CAES at The University of Hong Kong (HKU). He is known for his work in second language acquisition and second language teaching. He has published ground-breaking research on the pedagogical framework called processing instruction. He is a member of the REF Panel 2021 and Honorary Professor at the University of York SJ.

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• Overall, L1 and L2 acquisition, to a certain extent, share the same processes and mechanisms for the development of an internal language system. • The difference context of L1 and L2 acquisition plays an important role in the acquisition process. While it is possible to learn an L2 in various contexts, L1 acquisition takes place only in a natural context and in the social group the child is growing up and where the child gets L1 input only. • Difference between L1 and L2 can be attributed to external factors (e.g. quality and quantity of input) and not internal processes.

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Benati, Alessandro. L1 and L2 Acquisition. Key Terms for Language Teachers - A Pocket Guide. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 137-143 Feb 2022. ISBN 9781781798812. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=38041. Date accessed: 24 Jan 2022 doi: 10.1558/equinox.38041. Feb 2022

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