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Copy of EPQ Presentation

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Jamie Surgenor

on 31 January 2013

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EPQ Presentation Jamie Surgenor Samuel Johnson said 'To use two languages familiarly and without contaminating one by the other, is very difficult; and to use more than two is hardly to be hoped'. With reference to theories on first and second language acquisition, assess whether this claim is right? How and Why I chose This Topic It is directly related to the course I wish to do at university
After looking through all the topics in each semester the most fascinating area to explore for me was first and second language acquisition
This is because of it being the most widely debated topic that is open to interpretation
I was originally going to focus on the development of the English language over time, but instead chose a more focused topic What I Explored The ease of acquiring a first language - Eric Lenneberg's 'Critical Period Hypothesis'
The difficulty of acquiring a second language - Stephen D Krashen's 'Monitor Model' e.g. the affective filter
I concluded that 'with enough encouragement and self-confidence, anyone at any age can acquire a second language' How I planned to carry out the project Researched notable names of linguists, for example - David Singleton
At Sussex university library, I gathered and took notes from key sources I was going to use for my essay
Regular meetings with supervisor to guide me with what I was writing
Critical evaluation of sources to ensure I focus on the most useful sources Things that went well My essay title was strong - lots to write about
Many relevant examples were used in my work e.g Genie the baby
My plan was thorough, so I knew I could reach the 5,000 word target
I enjoyed completing the essay, knowing I had finished something challenging and time-consuming What were the challenges? How did I overcome them? Writing 5,000 words - wrote small parts of the essay regularly
Balancing EPQ workload with other work from other subjects - plenty of work at home and during free periods
The planning work - focused my efforts mainly on this as it would make writing the essay easier Skills I have developed Time management - doing a long-term project improved this because I had to cope with the workload over a tight deadline
Essay writing- I have developed my lexical range to use in essays for the future
Harvard Referencing - a skill I knew nothing about before but have acquired doing EPQ
What I have learned Long-term projects require a long-term commitment - your work will be at its best if you use all the time you have available
Effective planning will improve the quality of the finished product Key Source 'An Introduction to Linguistic Theory and Language Acquisition' - Stephen Crain and Diane Lillo-Martin
'Children acquire language so readily because it is in their genes'
Children have innate knowledge known as LAD
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