The final frontier? Why we have been ignoring second language attrition, and why it is time we stopped

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Instructed foreign language knowledge – that is, language skills acquired exclusively in the classroom without the benefit of any significant immersion experience – remains a vastly neglected area of studies on language learning in general and language attrition in particular. There is also little consideration of
foreign language attrition and maintenance as a problem for policy or pedagogy.
The present talk will give an overview of what is and what is not known about second language (L2) attrition at the present time. It will then present the results from a pilot project that will hopefully serve as the foundation for larger studies of instructed L2 attrition in future years.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages21
JournalLanguage Teaching
Publication statusPublished - 29 Aug 2022

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