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ERIC Number: EJ921782
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0965-8416
From Metalinguistic Instruction to Metalinguistic Knowledge, and from Metalinguistic Knowledge to Performance in Error Correction and Oral Production Tasks
Serrano, Raquel
Language Awareness, v20 n1 p1-16 2011
The purpose of this study is to analyse the effect of metalinguistic instruction on students' metalinguistic knowledge on the one hand, and on students' performance in metalinguistic and oral production tasks on the other hand. Two groups of primary school students learning English as a foreign language were chosen. One of them (Rule group) was provided with metalinguistic instruction on English possessive determiners (PDs) for six weeks (N = 21), while the Comparison group (N = 22) did not receive such instruction. These students' progress was analysed through a pre-test/post-test design by means of a written error correction task, a "free production" oral task, and a metalinguistic judgement task. The results of the statistical analyses indicate that, although the learners in the Rule group were more advanced in their knowledge and use of the English PDs than their peers in the Comparison group, the differences between groups were not statistically significant in all the tests. Additional analyses revealed that there were correlations between students' knowledge and performance in the Rule group, indicating that the learners who made the most gains from pre- to post-test were the ones who had demonstrated a more advanced knowledge of the rule. (Contains 4 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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