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So What’s the Deal Now!? Am I Talented or Not?

  • Stefanie Rüdegger
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Part of the English Language Education book series (ELED, volume 16)

Abstract

In research on language aptitude various ways of measuring individual differences in language abilities have been developed. Yet, it could be presumed that two commonly used aptitude tests will show similar results. However, in this investigation it cannot be supported that the aptitude tests under consideration reveal similar results. Language aptitude, therefore, is a multi-componential phenomenon consisting of multiple independent cognitive abilities which apparently are not fully covered by current language aptitude tests in use. The study thus reveals that it may be important to firstly define an aptitude of interest before applying aptitude tests in order to receive valid aptitude information. Furthermore, it aims at raising awareness of the practical use of aptitude tests and intends to warn of drawing too general conclusions from aptitude test results.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefanie Rüdegger
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  1. 1.Department of LinguisticsUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria

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