John Hedgcock is an Assistant Lecturer at the American Language Institute, University of Southern California, Los Angeles.
Foreign Language Retention and Attrition: A Study of Regression Models
Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
© 1991 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 24, Issue 1, pages 43–55, February 1991
How to Cite
Hedgcock, J. (1991), Foreign Language Retention and Attrition: A Study of Regression Models. Foreign Language Annals, 24: 43–55. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.1991.tb00440.x
- Issue published online: 31 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
ABSTRACT This article discusses current perspectives on foreign language loss and offers a reinterpretation of regressionist theories of attrition in which last-presented FL material is predicted to deteriorate first. Before reporting the results of a small-scale study of the retention and loss of Spanish among college undergraduates, the author describes a processing model of FL maintenance which holds that FL material having cognitive associations is most likely to be retained. Results of the investigation, which provide evidence for a processing view, are then discussed with respect to developing a more widely-based research paradigm.