Critical Period Hypothesis


Communication needs and competitive pressures making more and more people begin to learn English, and the "critical period hypothesis" as the theoretical basis for children's English learning make the English leering have a lowering trend of age in our country. According to the effects of age on second language acquisition and the analysis of the lowering trend of age in English learning, and combined with the research, we can believe that the so-called "best age" to learn English does not seem to exist. The success of English learning are depends on level of knowledge, teaching environment, social background, and many other factors, rather than the impact of unilateral age. ...

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whether the Critical Period is really exists in English learning? Does the earlier age to learn English is better? This paper will based on empirical research to explore these issues and make recommendations in early childhood education in English.

.Critical Period Hypothesis

The critical period hypothesis is the subject of a long-standing debate in linguistics and language acquisition over the extent to which the ability to acquire language is biologically linked to age. The hypothesis claims that there is an ideal 'window' of time to acquire language in a linguistically rich environment, after which this is no longer possible. The critical period hypothesis states that the first few years of life is the crucial time in which an individual can acquire a first language if presented with adequate stimuli. If language input doesn't occur until after this time, the individual will never achieve a full command of language especially grammatical systems.

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Added: 4/1/2011 02:06:55 AM
Submitted By: wendy
Category: Education
Type: Premium Paper
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