Factors That Influence Choice of Language Variation


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A student who asks his professor 'May you help me with this?' instead of saying 'Can you help me?' chooses the formal language variation due to this factor:

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1. Carl is a teacher of English learners. In the morning, he teaches children in fifth grade, and in the evening, he teaches adults. Both groups are beginners, yet their language varies enormously. This is due to the:

2. Ana and Carlos are English learners. Despite the fact that they are classmates at the same level and with similar background, their language varies probably when writing and speaking due to this factor:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

In this quiz and worksheet, we've included multiple-choice questions to help you test yourself on the factors that influence choice of language variation. Just a few of the topics covered here include the differences in language skills between younger and older students and the influence that cultural background has on language.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Our quiz is a helpful way to test your knowledge of:

  • The factor that affects whether someone uses formal language
  • Why child and adult ELL students have extremely varied language skills
  • Why two classmates at the same level with similar backgrounds may have language variations
  • How the cultural background of a person can influence language
  • What language choice in a sample scenario is influenced by

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding what might make someone choose to use formal language
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson about the factors that influence choice of language variation, like the influence of cultural background
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about sample language use scenarios and what factors they illustrate

Additional Learning

If you'd like to study this subject in greater detail, review our lesson called Factors That Influence Choice of Language Variation. This lesson is designed to make it easy for you to complete these objectives:

  • Explain why language variation happens
  • Outline why a language learner would speak to a doctor differently than a friend
  • Discuss what leads to a more sophisticated use of words in both writing and speaking