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This short report includes supplementary data and comments for Işık’s (2013) study in which he reported on the achievement on the TOEFL examination of two groups in Turkey. ' If we assume that the graduates were at the same level of English as the current students when they graduated, they gained about 40 TOEFL since graduation, (577.4 – 538.6), about ten points a year. None of the graduates had had any formal instruction in English while on the job, which supports the hypothesis that language can be acquired without formal instruction, in this case through doing “job-related tasks” that involved English.'

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