This book contributes to the growth of interest in task-based language learning and teaching that has been seen in recent years. It brings together research that focuses on various aspects and effects of pedagogic task design and presents work that uses tasks to examine oral interaction, written production, vocabulary and reading, lexical innovation and pragmatics in different formal language learning contexts and in different languages (English as a second/foreign language, French/German/Italian/Spanish as foreign languages). It also provides guidelines for task classification, sequencing and design.
The book is addressed to both professionals and students interested in second language acquisition research. It will also be of use to professionals involved in language pedagogy and curriculum design.
Maria del Pilar Garcia Mayo received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Iowa (U.S.A). She is Full Professor of English Language and Linguistics at the University of the Basque Country (Spain). Her research interests are second language acquisition (in particular the acquisition of syntactic aspects of English as a second/foreign language from a generative perspective and input and interaction in formal language learning contexts) and second language research methodology. Her recent publications have focused on the acquisition of syntactic aspects of English as a third language and on issues related to interaction and focus on form in the foreign language classroom.
Introduction - Maria del Pilar Garcia Mayo 1. Criteria for Classifying and Sequencing Pedagogic Tasks - Peter Robinson 2. Information Distribution and Goal Orientation in Second Language Task Design - Craig P. Lambert and Steve Engler 3. The Simultaneous Manipulation of Task Complexity along Planning Time and [+/- Here-and-Now]: Effects on L2 Oral Production - Roger Gilabert 4. Tasks, Negotiation and L2 Learning in a Foreign Language Context - Marisol Fernandez Garcia 5. Attention to Form across Collaborative Tasks by Low-proficiency Learners in an EFL Setting - Ana Alegria de la Colina and Maria del Pilar Garcia Mayo 6. Cognitive Task Complexity and Linguistic Performance in French L2 Writing - Folkert Kuiken and Ineke Vedder 7. The Effect of Manipulating Task Complexity and the [+/- Here-and-Now] Dimension on L2 Written Narrative Discourse - Tomohito Ishikawa 8. Writing Tasks: The Effects of Collaboration - Neomy Storch and Gillian Wigglesworth 9. L2 Vocabulary Acquisition and Reading Comprehension: The Influence of Task Complexity - Elke Peters 10. Task-effect on the Use of Lexical Innovation Strategies in Interlanguage Communication - Elsa Gonzalez Alvarez 11. Fostering EFL Learners' Awareness of Requesting through Explicit and Implicit Consciousness-raising Tasks - Eva Alcon Soler 12. Interactive Task Design: Metachat and the Whole Learner - Marie-Noelle Lamy Index