Focus on the learner. Learner variation: learner processes, influence of individual factors (age, personality, motivation). Learner strategies

Topic 3 Focus on the learner. Learner variation: learner processes, influence of individual factors (age, personality, motivation). Learner strategies

Theories of Second Language Learning
Introduction to Topic 3: The Learner
Outcomes
On completion of this topic, you should be able to:

– articulate the ways in which researchers have attempted to gauge the effects of age, motivation, aspects of personality and intelligence on language development
– distinguish learning styles from learning strategies and describe how learners differ in these respects
– describe how variations in learning styles and strategies might be catered for in language teaching
– describe the features of Schumann s Acculturation Model
– discuss how a social perspective on the learner differs from an individual perspective
– critique the notion of motivation through reference to ideas of social identity and investment in the target language.
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