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Shintani, Natsuko; Ellis, Rod – Language Teaching Research, 2014
The purpose of this article is to examine both the process and product of vocabulary learning in a task-based instructional context. The article reports a study that investigated the acquisition of two dimensional adjectives ("big" and "small") by six-year-old Japanese children who were complete beginners. It tracked the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Form Classes (Languages)
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Shintani, Natsuko – Language Teaching Research, 2012
The study reported in this article investigated the use of input-based tasks with young, beginner learners of English as a second language by examining both learning outcomes (i.e. acquisition) and the interactions that resulted from implementing the tasks. The participants were 15 learners, aged six, with no experience of second language (L2)…
Descriptors: Young Children, English (Second Language), English Language Learners, Second Language Learning
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Shintani, Natsuko – Language Teaching Research, 2011
The study reported in this article investigated the comparative effects of two types of treatment--one of which emphasized input and the other output--on the vocabulary acquisition of young EFL learners. In the input-based instruction, the students were not required to produce output whereas in the production-based instruction the students were…
Descriptors: Control Groups, Comparative Analysis, Vocabulary Development, Linguistic Input