Towards a definition of intake in second language acquisition
Citation:Reinders H. (2012) Towards a definition of intake in second language acquisition. Applied Research on English Language, 1 (2) :15-36 NOTE: This research undertaken prior to author being affiliated with the Unitec Institute of Technology.
Permanent link to Research Bank record:http://hdl.handle.net/10652/2501
Intake is a concept that has long fascinated second language researchers as it provides a window onto the crucial intermediary stage between input and acquisition. A better understanding of this intermediary stage can help us to distinguish beteween input that is used for immediate (e.g. communicative) purposes only and input that is drawn on for learning. This article traces the different components from which intake can occur, reviews existing definitions of intake and suggests alternatives for its operationalisation.