I could not find a proper title for my question,this usage shows where the similarity or difference are in comparing facts.

How could I translate in that part in following sentence.

En: Second language acquisition is similar to the first language acquisition in that they have the same stages of development.

De:Zweitspracherwerb ist ähnlich der ersten Spracherwerb, in dem der die gleichen Phasen der Entwicklung haben.

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    What about a simple "because"? Der Zweitspracherwerb ist ähnlich dem Erstspracherwerb, weil (because) sie die gleichen Entwicklungsphasen haben. (I replaced "Phasen der Entwicklung" with "Entwicklungsphasen". "Entwicklungsstufen" would fit as well or even better.)
    – PerlDuck
    Jul 16, 2016 at 21:08
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    I would rather use "insofern als," as I think "because" has a different connotation. "Because" implies causality, while "in that" points to the aspect in which the two processes are similar. Jul 17, 2016 at 7:57

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I marked a possible translation of "in that".

De: Der Zweitsprachenerwerb ist insofern genauso wichtig wie der Erstspracherwerb, als dass sie die gleichen Phasen der Entwicklung haben.

Notice that "in that" is divided in two parts ("insofern" and "als")

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