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Title: Markers of success: A study of twins' instructed second language acquisition
Contributor(s): Anton-Mendez, Ines  (author)orcid ; Ellis, Elizabeth M  (author)orcid ; Coventry, William L  (author)orcid ; Byrne, Brian J  (author)orcid ; van Daal, Victor H P (author)
Publication Date: 2015
DOI: 10.1016/j.lindif.2015.08.012
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Abstract: We examined the association between proficiency in instructed second language acquisition (ISLA) and previous bilingualism, starting age of ISLA, language anxiety and attitude. The analyses were conducted on 564 adolescent Australian twins. Additionally, by examining discrepancies within approximately 100 pairs of monozygotic twins, we sought to specifically identify the environmental effects related to attitude and anxiety on achievement (i.e. with genetic effects removed). We found a clear relationship between attitude towards language learning and proficiency in the second language. Furthermore, the analyses on the monozygotic twins point to the possibility that higher language anxiety is associated with higher proficiency. On the other hand, bilingualism and starting age of ISLA appear to be unrelated to proficiency in the language being learned.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Learning and Individual Differences, v.42, p. 44-52
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1873-3425
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 200401 Applied Linguistics and Educational Linguistics
179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 470401 Applied linguistics and educational linguistics
520599 Social and personality psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 930101 Learner and Learning Achievement
950202 Languages and Literacy
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 130202 Languages and linguistics
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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