Experience tells us that some people learn a second or foreign language with greater ease, more quickly, or with apparently better results than others. One perspective on this phenomenon is the concept of Foreign Language Aptitude (FLA). Originally, the notion of FLA presumed a relatively stable talent for learning a foreign language that differs between individuals (Dornyei and Skehan 2003: 590). However, whether FLA is fixed/innate or amenable to training has become the departure point for most research in this area.

By Zhisheng Wen

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