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ERIC Number: EJ1000773
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 58
ISSN: ISSN-0965-8416
Attention, Awareness, and Accents in L2 French
Sturm, Jessica L.
Language Awareness, v22 n2 p146-160 2013
The present research applies the concepts of attention, awareness, and noticing to a previously unresolved strand of inquiry: accent marks in L2 (second language) French. Previous research found that learners who typed accented words had better recall of the accent marks than those who wrote the same words by hand. Sturm suggested that it may have been the increased attention to accented letters in the typing group that led to better performance. The typing groups in Gascoigne and Sturm referred to instructions in order to type accented letters, while the handwriting groups copied the items with pen and paper. The present study was designed to make the handwriting group more aware of the accented letters. Participants, grouped by class section, practised the target items either by writing by hand, with accented letters in a different colour ink, or typing the accented letters using alt+numeric codes. They completed recognition and dictation post-tests, immediately following and one week after treatment. Two-tailed t-tests show no significant difference between the groups, suggesting that the increased attention to accented letters led to greater accuracy on the post-test tasks in both conditions. (Contains 6 tables, 2 figures, and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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