Memory and Motivation: Psycho- and Sociolinguistic Insights Enhancing Second Language Acquisition
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Language learning still is a process that requires both patience and devotion to the task. As it is a several years-long journey of success and setback, learners need every possible help they can get to successfully acquire a second language. This paper explores which insights we have learnt from psycho- and sociolinguistic research that support an adult learner in acquiring a foreign language. It discusses how lingustic information is stored in the human brain, which linguistic elements the foreign language learner needs to master in order to sound native-like, and if psycholinguistic research confirms the theory that children master to learn a language more easily than adults. It explores the importance of a student's positive attitude towards the target language and culture, his or her motivation to learn, the implementation of culture in language activities, a good student-teacher as well as a good student-student rapport and a low level of anxiety in the classroom to maintain a low affective filter.
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