Second Language Acquisition–Harder Than You Expect

Here's something to rattle off the next time you hear someone say, "I want to learn a little French": https://twitter.com/sapinker/status/1123180578948493312?s=20 Children need seven or eight years of intensive immersion to speak like a native. These years must start by about age 10, to fit them all in by age 17 or 18, when there’s a…

Examination of Aptitude & Vocabulary on L2 Writing in Chinese College Students Highlights the Importance of Receptive Vocabulary

The article "Exploring the Relationship between Language Aptitude, Vocabulary Size, and EFL Graduate Students' L2 Writing Performance" in TESOL Quarterly by Yingli Yang, Ya Sun et al. of the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China examines the relationship between language aptitude and L2 writing performance. The study tested sixty-seven Chinese grad students…