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Prominent Factors in the Acquisition of Portuguese: Language Aptitude versus Previous Language Experience
Amy S. Thompson
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In the current study, the relationship between language aptitude, previous languages studied, and classroom achievement in first semester Portuguese is analyzed. For the measure of language aptitude, the Words in Sentences part of the MLAT was administered, after which the students were given background questionnaires to ascertain the extent of their previous language experience. The students' final test grades were used to determine classroom achievement in PRT 101. The overall research question is the following: Which of the independent variables, previous language experience or language aptitude, has a stronger relationship to classroom achievement in first semester Portuguese? These variables are analyzed by using correlations to find the relationship of classroom achievement in first semester Portuguese and the aforementioned independent variables.

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Selected Proceedings of the 10th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium
edited by Joyce Bruhn de Garavito and Elena Valenzuela
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