Linguistic Anthropology

Is there a foreign language learning disability?
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  1. Some scholars have suggested that poor performance on a language aptitude test or in a foreign language class could indicate a foreign language learning disability. The learning disability was proposed given the number of students who excel in every academic subject except for foreign language. Professor Richard L. Sparks studied the possibility of the condition and concluded that an official diagnosis of such a disability could not be made. Though Sparks was one of the first to use the term "foreign language learning disability," he claimed that there was no proof that such a thing existed in a 2006 article in the Journal of Learning Disabilities.

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