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ERIC Number: ED564207
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Aug
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Design and Empirical Evaluation of Controlled L2 Practice through Mini-Games--Moving beyond Drill-and-Kill?
Cornillie, Frederik; Desmet, Piet, Paper presented at the 2015 EUROCALL Conference (22nd, Padova, Italy, Aug 26-29, 2015)
A key design issue for tutorial CALL is that controlled practice activities need to engage learners in meaningful L2 processing, so that any knowledge developed in such practice may transfer to meaningful L2 use in complex skills. Furthermore, activities for controlled practice ideally engender intrinsic motivation, so that learners are willing to practise and remediate problems outside of the classroom. This paper reports on an experimental and design-focused study that tackled these challenges by means of mini-games embedded in a mystery story read in class. Results show that intensive receptive practice helped learners to develop knowledge that was accurate and quickly retrievable on tests of near transfer, and that practice also transferred to more complex written productive tasks, as well as--to a smaller extent--to spoken productive tasks. We make suggestions for future design on the basis of the spoken productive language test used in this study. [This paper was also presented at the 2014 EUROCALL Conference, Groningen, The Netherlands.] [For full proceedings, see ED564162.] La Grange des Noyes, 25110 Voillans, France. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Belgium