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In tis paper I will initially describe the Abrahamsson and Hyltenstan 2003s studies of language learning aptitude which was testing the DeKeysers 2000 hypothesis of aptitude effects on adult L2 learning Then the implications for teachers and policy-makers in educational institution will be discussed Lastly I will point out problems and further possibilities regarding the aptitude and age studies In the studies of investigating the effect of aptitude in SLA Abrahamsson and Hyltenstan 2003s study is particularly inspiring Based on DeKeysers study 2000 Abrahamsson and Hyltenstan 2003 explore DeKeysers hypothesis that a higher degree of language learning aptitude is required if adult learners are to reach an ultimate attainment in the L2 that is comparable to that of native speakers p483 This hypothesis was basically proposed as the counter argument for the Critical Period Hypothesis CPH which limits the level of pro-pubertys L2 acquisition due to decreasing the function in the brain with maturation In the study Abrahamsson and Hyltenstan found that language aptitude plays the decisive role in attaining the high proficiency of everyday communication for adult learners but it is not sufficient for them to acquire the actual nativelikeness proficiency in terms of the abstract grammatical capabilities Meanwhile as opposed to DeKeysers claim language aptitude is not a necessary condition but it become significantly advantageous for reaching the native-like L2 proficiency As Abrahamsson and Hyltenstan posit the results of their study accompanied with those of DeKeyser 2000 and the exceptional case of Julie in Ioup et al 1994 will be one of the persuasive evidence of the robustness of aptitude effects in SLA particularly in the case of nearly attainment for native-speakers in adult learners Understanding the unique feature of adult language learning which is different from child L1 learning will enable policy-makers and teachers to create the effective official guidelines and lessons Many SLA researchershave claimed that children always successfully acquire the first language by using their innate mechanism of language acquisition
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