This glossary explains frequently used terms relating to the language/integration nexus and guides you through the apparent complexities of the relevant concepts and terminology.

Spracherwerbsforschung (Language acquisition research)

Language acquisition research is the scientific study of language learning. A distinction is made between language learning and language acquisition: language learning involves direct instruction in the language, whereas acquisition is associated with an independent “non-guided” process ((Link to Glossary entry “Guided/non-guided language acquisition”)) which takes place in a foreign/second language environment.

Although its findings are of significance for foreign and second language teaching, language acquisition research is regarded as a separate scientific discipline. Research interests focus on language acquisition sequences, the role of previously learned languages when learning a new language, the role of consciousness/explicit knowledge, and the role of language contact/active use of the language being learned. However, it also investigates the part that emotional factors play, such as the interaction between student and teacher.



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