Test Medicina in lingua inglese 2016-2017: le domande ufficiali del Miur

Admission test for the degree course in medicine and surgery

Domanda 9 di 51

Few linguists would argue against the view that our first language is acquired and not learned. Preschool children do not study their native tongue nor do they learn grammar rules but, by the time they start school at the age of five or six, the vast majority are competent users of their language. Therefore, when learning a second or additional language, studying grammar is a waste of time and all that is required is exposure to the target language in order to acquire competency in its use.

Which one of the following identifies the underlying assumption of the above argument?