Anticipating a Post-task Activity: The Effects on Accuracy, Complexity, and Fluency of Second Language Performance

Foster, Pauline and Skehan, Peter (2013) Anticipating a Post-task Activity: The Effects on Accuracy, Complexity, and Fluency of Second Language Performance. The Canadian Modern Language Review / La revue canadienne des langues vivantes, 69 (3). pp. 249-273. ISSN 1710-1131

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/cml.2013.0021

Abstract

The concept of focus on form has been influential in second language (L2) acquisition and pedagogy. One example of the implementation of focus on form is a post-task activity (e.g., anticipation of a public performance) that can selectively orient learners toward increased levels of accuracy. The present research proposes a new operationalization of a post-task activity, requiring L2 speakers, post-task, to transcribe some of their earlier task performance for both narrative and decision-making tasks. This study indicates that the predicted accuracy effect is obtained with both tasks, but so too is an effect of complexity for the decision-making task. Results are discussed in terms of the way L2 speakers allocate attention during task performance and how this allocation can be influenced by experimental conditions. (Authors' abstract)

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: 400 Language > 410 Linguistics
School/Department: School of Arts and Humanities
Depositing User: Jonathan Lucas
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2013 14:18
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2013 14:18
URI: http://research.stmarys.ac.uk/id/eprint/562

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