Demystify a Positive Role of L1 in L2 Acquisition: In the Case of Chinese Aspect Marker Le


  • Min Hu Southwest University of Political Science & Law



aspect marker le, English simple past, language transfer, positive effect of L1


This study aims to uncover a positive role of L1 in L2 acquisition through analyzing the positive effect of Chinese aspect marker le on the use of English simple past by Chinese EFL learners. The theoretical framework is set first, with clarification of theories about tense and aspect as well as discussion of the impacts of L1 on SLA. Following a review of Chinese aspect marker le, relevant empirical research and teaching practice are cited to demonstrate the positive influence of le on the L2 English simple past use. This positive transfer of Chinese Aspect Marker le is explained using transfer theory and connectionism. The present study is meant to arouse L2 English teachers’ awareness of the benefits of L1 so that they can capitalize on L2 learners’ native language to facilitate their students’ L2 learning.


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