Comparing L1 With L2 Acquisition: How Learning Factors and Stages Reveal Differences and Similarities Between the Two Processes

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John Jairo Viáfara


This article reviews some of the literature and research studies which explore first and second language acquisition in order to make a parallel between these two processes. The discussion takes into consideration cognitive, affective and socio-cultural factors which influence the learning of L1 and L2. In addition, a comparison of L1 and L2 language acquisition sequences helps to inform about the similarities and differences. 

Key Words: First and second language acquisition, Language learning factors, Sequence of acquisition, Language acquisition theorieS.

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