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International Journal of Scientific & Technology Research  
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The Influence Of Modern Video Games On Children’s Second Language Acquisition

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Mohamad Ali Ahsan Mohd Ali Atma, Mohd Nazri Latiff Azmi, Isyaku Hassan



Children, Comprehension, Critical Period Hypothesis, language acquisition, Malaysia, Schema theory, video games.



This study investigates the influence of modern video games on children’s Second Language Acquisition (SLA). The study employs a qualitative, case study approach. The data were obtained through observations from a 7-year-old child selected via purposive sampling. The data were analyzed through a deductive thematic approach and discussed using Schema Theory to evaluate the participant’s usage of the English language learned from video games. By analyzing and understanding this phenomenon, the researchers are inclined to understand how modern video games enable children to absorb knowledge and acquire a second language faster than other methods. We hypothesize that the acquisition of a second language is caused by the Critical Period Hypothesis (CPH) through the facilitation of communication and context between the player and the video games. This research aspires to provide more insights into the prospect of video games as a tool for language acquisition.



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