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《Foreign Languages and Their Teaching》 2002-04
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Effects of Field Dependence and Independence on Foreign Language Learning

Zhu Zhongdu  
Second language researchers have examined particular learner traits, such as cognitive style, to ascertain their relationship to progress in learning another language. Based on a brief account of the theory and practice of field dependence/independence, this paper attempts to analyze the role of field dependence/independence in Second Language Acquisition (SLA), the major application of learning style in SLA. Psychological literature indicates that a field-independent person possesses enhanced cognitive restructuring abilities, while a field-dependent individual is likely to possess well-developed interpersonal skills. It was hypothesized that field independence would be related to the acquisition of linguistic competence, and that field dependence would be related to the acquisition of communicative competence. Some recent contentions on FI/FD study are also collected in this paper.
【CateGory Index】: H09
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