The Strengths and Limitations of Acquisition: A Case Study of an Untutored Language Learner

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1983
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Schmidt, Richard W.
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The purpose of this paper is to describe the progress made in learning English by a learner who has pursued the acquisition option over a period of five years. I will first describe the learner, "W," attempting to provide a fairly rich characterization of his personality, background, work and the social world he lives in. I will then provide a fairly broad (though partial) characterization of what has been acquired by W, as well as what has not been acquired. Finally, I will try to evaluate some current theories of second language acquisition, by discussing the degree to which they would predict or explain W's strengths and weaknesses in language learning.
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language acquisition, unconscious, conscious, leaning environment, learning interaction
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