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ERIC Number: EJ834354
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 54
ISSN: ISSN-0957-1736
Input-Based Grammar Pedagogy: A Comparison of Two Possibilities
Marsden, Emma
Language Learning Journal, v31 n1 p9-20 Sum 2005
This article presents arguments for using listening and reading activities as an option for techniques in grammar pedagogy. It describes two possible approaches: Processing Instruction (PI) and Enriched Input (EI), and examples of their key features are included in the appendices. The article goes on to report on a classroom based quasi-experiment which compared their effectiveness for the learning of French verb inflections amongst 13- to 14-year-olds from two different secondary schools in England. The key feature of PI is that it comprises activities which systematically force learners to interpret the "meaning" of formal features in the input, rarely seen in published material and classroom activities. In this study, EI provided brief awareness-raising strategies followed by a flood of the target features. The study suggested that PI may indeed constitute a viable and effective option for grammar pedagogy for learners who are starting to develop a verb inflection system. These results were clear in the class from school 2 but more "fuzzy" from school 1, demonstrating the importance of taking contextual factors into account when gathering evidence regarding practice. (Contains 2 figures, 4 tables, and 22 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)