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Title: A diplomatic advantage? The effects of bilingualism and formal language training on language aptitude amongst Australian diplomatic officers
Contributor(s): Planchon, Anita (author); Ellis, Elizabeth M  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2014
DOI: 10.1080/09658416.2012.742907
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Abstract: This study sought to contribute to the growing literature on third and subsequent language learning by establishing whether bilingualism has an effect on ability to learn a subsequent language, as indicated by a measure of language aptitude, the Defense Language Aptitude Battery (DLAB). Test results were obtained for 142 diplomatic officers in the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). The officers' language biographies were elicited using an online questionnaire and were used to classify them as monolingual or bilingual, and with or without experience of formal language training. Results showed that bilinguals performed better on the aptitude test than monolinguals, as did those with prior formal training. This suggests that bilinguals' metalinguistic awareness, and likelihood of success in subsequent language learning, is higher than that of monolinguals, at least as measured by the DLAB.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Language Awareness, 23(3), p. 203-219
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1747-7565
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 200401 Applied Linguistics and Educational Linguistics
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 470401 Applied linguistics and educational linguistics
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 130201 Communication across languages and culture
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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