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Yalçin, Sebnem; Spada, Nina – Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 2016
This study investigates the relationship between foreign language aptitude and the learning of two English structures defined as easy or difficult to learn. Using a quasiexperimental design, 66 secondary-level learners of English as a foreign language from three intact classes were provided with four hours of instruction on the "passive"…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Aptitude
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Spada, Nina; Shiu, Julie Li-Ju; Tomita, Yasuyo – Language Learning, 2015
This study builds on research investigating the construct validity of elicited imitation (EI) as a measure of implicit second language (L2) grammatical knowledge. It differs from previous studies in that the EI task focuses on a single grammatical feature and time on task is strictly controlled. Seventy-three EFL learners and 20 native English…
Descriptors: Construct Validity, Task Analysis, Native Speakers, Second Language Learning
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Spada, Nina; Jessop, Lorena; Tomita, Yasuyo; Suzuki, Wataru; Valeo, Antonella – Language Teaching Research, 2014
In this study we compared the effects of two types of form-focused instruction (FFI) on second language (L2) learning and their potential contributions to the development of different types of L2 knowledge. Both types of instruction were pre-emptive in nature, that is planned and teacher generated. In Integrated FFI attention to form was embedded…
Descriptors: Grammar, Second Language Instruction, Oral Language, Linguistic Theory
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Ammar, Ahlem; Lightbown, Patsy M.; Spada, Nina – Language Awareness, 2010
This study is an investigation of the extent to which francophone learners of English as a second language (ESL) are aware of the differences between French and English question formation and how such awareness relates to their L2 performance. Three tasks were administered to 58 grades 5 and 6 francophone ESL learners. In a grammaticality…
Descriptors: Form Classes (Languages), Grade 5, Grade 6, French