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ERIC Number: EJ1102096
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1481-868X
Second Language Learning with the Story Maze Task: Examining the Training Effect of Weaving through Stories
Enkin, Elizabeth
Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics / Revue canadienne de linguistique appliquée, v19 n1 p1-21 2016
The maze task is a psycholinguistic experimental procedure that measures real-time incremental sentence processing. The task has recently been tested as a language learning tool with promising results. Therefore, the present study examines the merits of a contextualized version of this task: the story maze. The findings are consistent with previous research results (Enkin & Forster, 2014), and highlight the merits of using the contextualized maze version for language (Spanish) learning. Specifically, a story maze training-test paradigm revealed that learners trained on structures differing from their native language (English) showed little difference in reaction times between similar-to-English and different-from-English structures as compared to learners who were trained on structures similar to English, thus showing that the story maze task may help students learn constructions that may pose processing difficulty. Quantitative and qualitative survey data further showed that learners found the task highly engaging, thereby emphasizing its promising usefulness.
Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics / Association Canadienne de Linguistique Appliquée. Departement de langues, linguistique et traduction, Pavillon de Koninck, Universite Laval, Quebec, QC G1K 7P4, Canada. Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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