Language acquisition for adult learners, specifically the acquisition of vocabulary, is a complex and difficult undertaking. An adult learner may learn the target language in either a natural setting or a more traditional classroom. The natural setting and the traditional classroom can be divided into two broad categories: informal or formal. The two acquisition categories exist on a continuum and each category has inherent strengths and weaknesses. This case study investigates the advantages and disadvantages of both categories as they apply to a multilingual speaker and his acquisition of vocabulary. The case study also demonstrates the strategies used by the subject in order to acquire the needed vocabulary necessary for each environment.
Dustin De Felice, Paperback, ISBN 10: 383838718X, ISBN 13: 9783838387185