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ERIC Number: EJ1170979
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Feb
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0008-4506
The Effects of Task Complexity on Heritage and L2 Spanish Development
Torres, Julio
Canadian Modern Language Review, v74 n1 p128-152 Feb 2018
Manipulating cognitive demands on second language (L2) tasks, along with the provision of recasts and its effects on L2 development, has motivated recent inquiry within task-based research. However, empirical evidence remains inconclusive as to the impact of task complexity, and it is unknown how it may affect heritage language (HL) development. To address this issue, this study tested 81 adult HL and L2 learners of Spanish. Participants in the experimental conditions completed either a simple or a complex version of a monologic computerized task that delivered written recasts as corrective feedback but differed according to intentional reasoning demands. Participants completed three oral and written assessment tasks to measure development of the Spanish subjunctive in adjectival clauses. Results revealed that the simple group demonstrated greater gains, especially in written production. L2 learners and the HL simple group benefitted more from task-based instruction in comparison to the HL complex group. Findings have implications for the role of prior language experience and task outcomes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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