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ERIC Number: EJ930366
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-0008-4506
Collaborative Syntactic Priming Activities and EFL Learners' Production of Wh-questions
McDonough, Kim; Chaikitmongkol, Wanpen
Canadian Modern Language Review, v66 n6 p817-841 Dec 2010
Syntactic priming is the tendency for a speaker to produce a structure that was encountered in recent discourse and is measured by calculating how frequently speakers use the modelled structures as opposed to alternatives. Recent lab-based studies have shown that carrying out syntactic priming activities with trained interlocutors positively affects Thai EFL learners' subsequent production of wh-questions. The current study explores whether carrying out priming activities with peers in a classroom context also facilitates subsequent production. In their integrated skills English course, Thai EFL learners (N = 42) either completed collaborative syntactic priming activities or followed the regular curriculum. Analysis of post-test data indicated that learners who carried out the priming activities subsequently produced significantly more wh-questions with supplied auxiliary verbs than learners who followed the regular curriculum. Pedagogical considerations for the use of collaborative syntactic priming activities in L2 classrooms are discussed. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Thailand