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By Hans W. Dechert

This quantity assembles debatable examine in limited components of SLA and makes an attempt to exhibit the richness of method and diversity of thematic scope in eu SLA, as mentioned at a world workshop: "Current tendencies in eu moment Language Acquisition."

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In these terms, competence refers to skills which are mastered automatically, saving resources for higher level processing. Both the linguist and the language teacher sometimes underestimate the complexity of the control mechanisms which underlie competent or successful language behaviour: a competent performer has to control his or her personal goals, he or she has to organise diverse perceptions into a coherent plan of action, he or she has to adapt his or her behaviour to situational needs, he or she has to predict and explain the other's communicative behaviour, he or she has to control both verbal and nonverbal cues of the other's behaviour, he or she has to control the turn-taking procedures, fill pauses, react to interruptions and, at the same time, seek appropriate words and utterances in his or her memory, plan his or her own speech, and decode that of his or her interlocutor.

The foreign language students, on the other hand, because of their small amount of knowledge in the new language, may not have developed such a network of associations which would function like an 'acceptability automaton'. Consequently, they need more time for their decision-making. There are several different theories which could be adapted to the analysis and description of automaticity in the language processing of the foreign language learner. Logan (1985) presents a view of automaticity which is different from that of the representatives of the automatic-controlled dichotomy theory.

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