Read Alison Mackey's article by clicking here or on the link above. Then go over questions 1-7 and choose the option a, b or c that best completes the sentence or answers the question. 0 is an example.
0 Which sentence is true, according to the text?
a) Learning a foreign language after childhood is virtually impossible.
b) Finding the right motivation is the best way to learn a foreign language.
c) Falling in love is the best way of learning a foreign language.
1 Having to pass a test in your academic or professional life…
a) is not a real motivating factor to learn a language.
b) is an intrinsically motivating factor for some people.
c) is a good reason as any other to learn a language.
2 Professors Robert Gardner and Wallace Lambert found out that…
a) intrinsic motivation and integrative motivation are the same thing.
b) motivation might not be enough to learn a new language.
c) practical reasons to learn also have powerful results in the learning process.
3 If we follow Professor Zoltán Dörnyei’s theory, our level of proficiency in a new language…
a) may get worse as time goes by.
b) will always get better.
c) will depend on the people you know.
4 Which sentence is true, according to the text?
a) Communication is a key factor in language learning.
b) Having high self-esteem is a key factor in language learning.
c) Students who devise a good training plan for their learning process are more likely to succeed.
5 Which sentence is true, according to the text?
a) Some people are lacking in natural ability to learn a language.
b) Some people’s feelings towards the new language make it hard for them to learn.
c) It is not uncommon for learners to sound like native speakers.
6 Which sentence is true, according to the text?
a) Students who poor memory can’t learn a language.
b) Aptitude skills on their own won’t bring success.
c) A teacher who caters for your interests and abilities is essential.
7 Which sentence is true, according to the text?
a) We are all genetically prepared to learn a new language well.
b) Learning a new language well is not within everybody’s reach.
c) The true reasons why some people learn a new language well are unknown.
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1C 2B 3A 4A 5A 6B 7B