IJLLL 2019 Vol.5(1): 1-5 ISSN: 2382-6282
DOI: 10.18178/IJLLL.2019.5.1.196

A Study of Acquisition of /t/ by Chinese Pre-school EFL Children

An Ran
Abstract—This paper investigates the acquisition of /t/ by Chinese EFL children aged from 3 to 5 in a language school. Oral data were collected from 90 students with 30 in each age group to ensure the experimental reliability. The study process consisted of reading a word list and marking the score of each student. Target sounds were recorded for the accuracy of pronunciation by the investigators and several methods of scoring would be utilized according to the performance of the student participants for getting the most completed data. Data analysis would be done by the statistics software. All the student participants were not informed of the research purpose during the experiment. The ultimate aim of the study is to find the common features of /t/ acquisition by Chinese EFL children, the reasons for the occurrence of the features and to discuss the feasible learning approach for Chinese EFL children.

Index Terms—Child SLA, phonological acquisition, critical period, contrastive analysis.

An Ran is with the Wuhan University, China (e-mail: 517131008@qq.com).

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Cite:An Ran, "A Study of Acquisition of /t/ by Chinese Pre-school EFL Children," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 1-5, 2019.

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