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Over the last 40 years, a growing number of nontraditional students have joined the ranks of higher education. However, due to a number of internal and external factors, these students face multiple social, economic, and academic challenges that may limit their success in postsecondary education. The focus of this article is to examine the implications of these challenges on the learning of a foreign language (FL), and more specifically on the role played by working memory (WM) with nontraditional FL learners. To this end, research studies in the fields of psycholinguistics, cognitive psychology and neuroscience are reviewed and their findings are analyzed to uncover meaningful relationships between WM and FL learning among nontraditional students. To conclude, FL teaching methodologies and guidelines are recommended.
©2017 Gabriela Olivares-Cuhat and Michelle H. Ploof
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Olivares-Cuhat, Gabriela and Ploof, Michelle H.
"The Role of Working Memory among Non-Traditional Foreign Language Students,"
UNIversitas: Journal of Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity: Vol. 12
, Article 8.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/universitas/vol12/iss1/8