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ERIC Number: EJ897971
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0142-7164
Effects of Distributed Practice on the Acquisition of Second Language English Syntax
Bird, Steve
Applied Psycholinguistics, v31 n4 p635-650 Oct 2010
A longitudinal study compared the effects of distributed and massed practice schedules on the learning of second language English syntax. Participants were taught distinctions in the tense and aspect systems of English at short and long practice intervals. They were then tested at short and long intervals. The results showed that distributed practice led to superior test scores on the long-term tests, indicating that the learning of second language syntax can benefit from distributed practice in a manner very similar to that reported for other skills and information types in the experimental psychology literature. Implications for intensive language-learning programs and syllabus design in general are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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