Philology Matters


Globalization has entailed a growth in impor-tance of the second/foreign language teachingand learning all over the world with the numberof both voluntary and involuntary language learn-ers increasing on daily basis. There is, however,a widely attested discrepancy in actual resultsachieved by those engaged in second/foreignlanguage learning usually explained by means ofinvocation of a specialized talent that certain in-dividuals have, whilst others lack. Such a talent isthought to be measurable and the results obtainedare regarded as valid predictors of success forintensive foreign language programs. The pres-ent article deals with critical appraisal of one ofsuch instruments in terms of both its theoreticaland practical validity. A number of points to beaddressed for the purpose of the instrument im-provement are demonstrated via referral to bothbasic statistic techniques and scientific consensusin the field of language learning aptitude research.

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