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Sequences of acquisition

Read and Reflect

Read the summaries of research on developmental sequences by Vivian Cook, a leading UK second language researcher.

Cook identifies three important questions to ask about developmental sequences:

  • which forms do second language learners use in which order?
  • how does this acquisitional order compare with first language learners?
  • how can the sequence be explained?

Read Cook's research synopses and try his exercises to learn about:

  1. the morpheme studies (Burt & Dulay)
  2. the processability model (or multidimensional model; Pienemann et al.)

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