Spanish Learner Language
A Spanish language learner must be able to use Spanish in unrehearsed communication. Being able to judge the accuracy of Spanish sentences, or memorize, recite and understand a small set of Spanish sentences does not prepare a learner for spontaneous communication.
A learner who really knows the language can exchange information using Spanish in unrehearsed communication, with a degree of accuracy, complexity and fluency that increases over time.
Spanish language teachers can understand the development of Spanish learner language in their own classrooms using basic techniques from second-language acquisition research. The following six units feature video-clips of Spanish learner language produced by two second-year learners in unrehearsed communication activities. Each unit shows you how to analyze Spanish learner language from a different perspective, and consider ways you can support its development: