The Extent of Dutch L1 Transfer in the Acquisition of Request Strategies by Advanced EFL Learne.
The present thesis investigated the extent of L1 Dutch transfer in the acquisition of request strategies by advanced EFL (English as a foreign language) learners. The goal of this thesis was to explore the differences between the ways L2 Dutch learners of English make request strategies with regard to the levels of directness compared to native speakers of English. Native speakers of Dutch studying English at the Radboud University of Nijmegen were compared to the control group: native speakers of English from the U.K. Both groups were tested using a c-test to measure proficiency and a judgment task to rank the given request strategies per proposed scenario. The hypothesis in this thesis proposed that there should be L1 transfer from Dutch in the acquisition of request strategies by EFL learners because of the cross-cultural and cross-linguistic differences between Dutch and English. This thesis, however, concluded that the EFL learners following the English programme at Radboud University of Nijmegen are beyond L1 Dutch transfer in the acquisition of request strategies. However, factors, such as socially acceptable behaviour, L2 exposure, an indication of the aim of the task, and the type of task, may have influenced the results.
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