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A Literature Review on Field Independence/Dependence in Second Language Acquisition

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DOI: 10.23977/aduhe.2021.030414 | Downloads: 17 | Views: 1016


Xiao Kunxue 1


1 School of Foreign Languages and Literature, Chongqing University of Education, Chongqing 400065, China

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Xiao Kunxue


Cognitive styles are consistent individual differences in the preferred ways of organizing and processing information. One dimension of cognitive style, which has attracted the most attention in Second Language Acquisition (SLA), is that of 'field independence' and 'field dependence'. Two methods of measuring field independence-dependence (FI/D) are Rod and Frame Test (RFT) and Embedded Figures Test (EFT). A number of studies have been conducted to clarify the relationship between FI/D and language test performance. However, interpretations of empirical research on the role of FI/D vary. This paper is a literature review that attempts to evaluate the significance of FI/D in SLA appropriately.


Field independence/dependence, Second language acquisition


Xiao Kunxue, A Literature Review on Field Independence/Dependence in Second Language Acquisition. Adult and Higher Education (2021) 3: 87-91. DOI:


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