Literature review: Language aptitude
This research overview focuses on differences between individuals when it comes to results in learning foreign languages in school. The aim is to identify and discuss studies about factors responsible for differences in the potential to learn foreign languages from one individual to the next as well as the various tools designed to evaluate them (MLAT, LLAMA, CANAL-FT, FLCAS etc.). The research overview will be structured around the following themes:
- General language aptitudes (in L1 and in foreign languages).
- Cognitive factors/learning abilities unrelated to the language field: IQ, working memory, general learning abilities.
- Emotional/personality factors related to learning foreign languages at school: attitude/motivation/anxiety/ L2 self.
Theoretical concepts, assessment tools and the results of main empirical studies will be outlined and discussed for each of these themes.