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ERIC Number: EJ811065
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 64
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1041-679X
Text Enhancement and the Acquisition of English Verbal Inflection "-s" by L1 Haitian Creole Speakers
De Santis, Paulina
Applied Language Learning, v18 n1-2 p27-49 2008
This article contributes to the growing body of research investigating the effects of drawing learner attention to the problematic aspects of the linguistic input in the context of meaning-focused instruction. One specific approach to concentrate learner attention on form in the written input is known as textual enhancement. The pilot study reported in this article addresses the role of text enhancement on the acquisition of the bound morpheme "-s" in the English third-person present indicative verb by adult L1 Haitian Creole speakers. Fifteen subjects participated in the study and were randomly divided into two enhanced treatment groups and a control one. The participants in the enhanced treatment groups read a passage orally while attending to visually enhanced learning targets. The target form was enlarged and boldfaced for the first treatment group and enlarged and colored red for the second treatment group. The control group completed the same treatment without enhancement. The results of the study indicate that textual enhancement promoted the subjects' awareness of the target form in reading. However, textual enhancement failed to facilitate the learners' oral production of the target form. (Contains 4 tables, 1 figure, and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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