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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)||Publication Date:||2014||DOI:||10.1080/09658416.2012.742907||Handle Link:||https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/15196||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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