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Skehan, Peter; Xiaoyue, Bei; Qian, Li; Wang, Zhan – Language Teaching Research, 2012
This article reports on three research studies, all of which concern second language task performance. The first focuses on planning, and compares on-line and strategic planning as well as task repetition. The second study examines the role of familiarity on task performance, and compares this with conventional strategic planning. The third study…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, English (Second Language), Instructional Effectiveness, Strategic Planning
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Skehan, Peter; Foster, Pauline – Language Teaching Research, 1997
Given recent claims that task-based instruction has desirable pedagogic qualities, this article investigates the effects of choosing different types of tasks, as well as different task implementation conditions, on the fluency, accuracy, and complexity of the language that is produced when tasks are carried out. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, College Students, Decision Making, English (Second Language)
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Foster, Pauline; Skehan, Peter – Language Teaching Research, 1999
Examines different sources of planning (teacher-led, solitary, group-based) as well as different foci for planning (towards language or towards content). Results are discussed in relation to how teachers may more effectively make pedagogic decisions on task implementation conditions linked to selective pedagogic goals. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Decision Making, Educational Objectives, English (Second Language)