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Title: Adapting the MLAT-ES into Catalan: when young learners’ age is not just any other variable
Author: Suárez, Maria del Mar
Keywords: Aptitud
Ensenyament de la llengua
Language teaching
Catalan language
Issue Date: Apr-2023
Citation: Suárez, M.M. (2023). Adapting the MLAT-ES into Catalan: when young learner's age is not just any other variable. ALTE 8th International Conference. Madrid, Spain.
Abstract: Young learners’ language aptitude is understudied due to a lack of tests covering this period of life. Young learners, in contrast with adults, are still acquiring their L1. Consequently, a language-dependent aptitude test should be carefully designed for it to be valid. An additional challenge is found when the young learners who are to take the test are bilingual, as is the case of the bilingual Catalan/Spanish community in Catalonia. This presentation, therefore, aims at explaining the process to translate and adapt the Modern Language Aptitude Test – Elementary in Spanish (MLAT-ES - Stansfield et al., 2004) into Catalan (MLAT-EC – Suárez, 2010) so as to obtain a valid aptitude measure across grades. The results show that despite the linguistic proximity between Catalan and Spanish, several issues had to be considered, not only linguistic and cultural but also the learners' age range the test is addressed to.
It is part of: Comunicació a: ALTE 8th International Conference. Madrid-Spain. 26th -28th April 2023
Appears in Collections:Comunicacions a congressos / Jornades (Educació Lingüística i Literària i de Didàctica de les Ciències Experimentals i de la Matemàtica)

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