The place of silence in second language acquisition

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The article examines the role of silence in learners’ language development by discussing current theories in second language acquisition and by connecting them to the silence phenomenon. A number of important constructs in SLA are brought up as they have potential to be associated with the silent mode of learning, namely the silent period, input, output, communicative competence, among others. The discussion also highlights a few theoretical gaps in SLA discourse that are related to silence.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-42
Number of pages17
JournalEnglish Language Teaching and Research Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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