June 24, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Team Explores How Working Memory May Help Second Language Aquisition

Scott Jarvis and linguistics students

Scott Jarvis and linguistics students


“Learning a new language can be a challenge, as new vocabulary and grammatical rules can be hard for some people to grasp. To address this issue, several linguistics graduate students are examining how a person’s working memory capacity, which is how well a person can process and retain knowledge, is connected to learning a second language. Do people with larger memory capacities have an advantage over their peers?,” writes Taylor Evans.

The researchers, which include graduate students from across the globe, came together almost two years ago under the guidance of Department of Linguistics faculty members Dr. Scott Jarvis, Professor of Linguistics,  and Michelle O’Malley.

“Although the research is ongoing, student Ramyadarshanie Vithanage already is considering how it can be applied in the classroom when she returns to her home country of Sri Lanka,” writes Evans.

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