The Process of Learning a Second Language


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In this stage of learning a language, you know a few words and might be able to answer 'yes' or 'no' to a question.

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1. In which stage of language development might you know a few two- or three- word phrases?

2. In which stage of the language development process are you as fluent as a native speaker?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Your ability to distinguish between the five stages of language development will be assessed in this combination quiz/worksheet.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This assessment will check your ability to define in which stage of language development you:

  • Learn a few words
  • Know two- or three word phrases
  • Become fluent
  • Make many pronunciation and grammatical errors
  • Comprehend better than you speak

Skills Practiced

This assessment will test the following skills:

  • Making connections - use your understanding of the concept of fluency
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about language development in a different light
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast the five stages of language development
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding early production
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about speech emergence

Additional Learning

Learn more about language development with the associated lesson titled The Process of Learning a Second Language. This lesson covers the five-stage process of language development, including:

  • Preproduction
  • Early production
  • Speech emergence
  • Intermediate fluency
  • Advanced fluency