Ms. Jennifer Dsouza
(Assistant Professor, SVKM’s N M College of Commerce and Economics)
Research in Second Language Acquisition is well established in western literature and has been the subject matter of linguistic interests since the 20th century. Very few studies have examined the acquisition of grammatical stuctures in the Indian setting especially at particular grade levels. This study explored the development of grammatical features developed by students at grade VI. The study replicates Kellogg Hunt’s use of the T-unit. The target population for this study were students of standard fifth, sixth and seventh studying in schools at the in Mumbai metropolitan city. The students were assigned essay topics and the essay was analysed.Based on this analysis, a set of grammatical patterns were clearly identified as being specific to Std VI students, in contrast with the grammatical patterns produced by students of Std V and the grammatical patterns produced by students of Std VII. The data was analysed using SPSS. The results lend support to development of pedagogy.
Key words: Second Language Acquisition, T-Unit, Proficiency, Pedagogy.