The Incidence of Previous Foreign Language Contact in a Lexical Availability Task. A Study of Senior Learners


Abstract  This paper responds to the need for research on three areas of interest in Second Language Acquisition (SLA). More precisely, we address (i) the study of individual differences among learners, such as the incidence of previous Foreign Language (FL) contact; (ii) receptive and productive vocabulary acquisition and (iii) the study of senior learners. Our aim will be to investigate the incidence of FL contact on senior learners’ productive vocabulary. A lexical availability task will enable us to discover whether there are any differences between True and False beginner learners in the total number of words produced, in the most productive semantic fields and with respect to the most available words in each semantic field.

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