Pre-task syntactic priming and focused task design

Jeremy S. Boston

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Focused tasks engage learners in using language for communication and in addition have a specific predetermined linguistic focus in mind. The difficulty in designing focused tasks is that many meanings can be articulated using more than one language form, making it difficult to design tasks which induce learner use of a specific target form. This paper describes an attempt to use pre-task activities to syntactically prime learners to employ a target structure during task production.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-174
Number of pages10
JournalELT Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 16 2009
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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