Date of Award

Spring 5-7-2022

Document Type

Honors Thesis



First Advisor

Angela Helmer

Second Advisor

Timothy Schorn

Third Advisor

Tony Krus


Language Acquisition, Bilingualism, Foreign Language

Subject Categories

Language Interpretation and Translation | Modern Languages


Language separates human beings from other species in the animal kingdom. Not only does language provide humans with a means to communicate, but it represents one’s family, cultural identity, and personality. There are over six thousand spoken languages in the world today, and around half of the earth’s inhabitants speak more than one language. First language acquisition is a natural process for all humans that begins before birth. The human brain can acquire multiple languages during infancy, but many people acquire a second language after the brain has fully developed. Knowledge of more than one language allows one to make deeper connections with other cultures and is important to connect with people around the world. This thesis aims to highlight the most important factors in attaining fluency in a second language, as well as analyze previous research on second language acquisition, study abroad, negative feedback, and motivation within second language learning.



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