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The role of input in L2 learning
Discussion Topic 3:
The role of input in L2 learning
I believe that the amount and kind of input received during the (never-ending)
process of learning L2 speech is the single most important factor in predicting a
learner's ultimate success. In my view, it will eventually prove to be even more
imporant than the "age" factor (i.e., the age of first exposure to the L2, enshrined by
the Critical Period Hypothesis).

Some may regard this provocative claim as hollow inasmuch as this position can't be
adequately tested unless and until we find a way to accurately measure -- rather than
estimate -- L2 speech input.

More to come.
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