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Grammar Growth in Child Second Language German

Investigating DP Development in an Immersion Setting

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Christiane Schöneberger

This empirical study investigates the acquisition and development of nominal morphology in L1-English-speaking children acquiring German as a second language in an immersion school context. The focus is on accuracy development in the emerging German article system. Embracing theoretical and applied aspects of second language acquisition research, the study brings together educational, cognitive and psycholinguistic dimensions of second language learning and teaching. Results have implications for curriculum design and quality development in language immersion and content and language integrated learning.
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4.1 Introduction

In order to examine the hypotheses outlined in chapter 3, quantitative and qualitative analyses will be carried out. First, the scores obtained in the SOPA testings will be presented to serve as a yardstick for measuring overall proficiency growth in L2 German. The SOPA scores will reveal how proficiency in L2 German develops in general and whether there are differences in proficiency between the four areas assessed. They will also serve to show how general communicative competence develops in comparison to accuracy on the particular DP-related features that will be analysed subsequently.

As a second step, accuracy development on nominal features will be examined in relation to the hypotheses outlined in chapter 3. Each research question will be regarded separately and the relevant data analyses for the investigation of the research question and its corresponding hypotheses will be presented and explained.

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