Chapter published in:Hispanic Linguistics: Current issues and new directions
Edited by Alfonso Morales-Front, Michael J. Ferreira, Ronald P. Leow and Cristina Sanz
[Issues in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics 26] 2020
► pp. 34–52
Insights into the cognition of mood selection in L2 learners of Spanish
DeKeyser (2007a) submits that second-language acquisition research must identify the ideal task-design features for automatizing grammatical abilities in practice. We therefore report the results of a study that used meaningful computer assisted language learning (CALL) practice to promote foreign-language learners’ proceduralization of Spanish mood-selection in relative clauses (e.g., Busco un libro que es/sea muy interesante) premised on skill acquisition theory (DeKeyser, 2007b). The results indicate that, when CALL practice is deliberate, meaningful, and entails metalinguistic feedback (Cerezo, 2010), learners process mood selection more fluently and efficiently as practice progresses. The analysis also indicates that elaborate practice activities (i.e., involving multiple features of relative clauses) are more effective at promoting grammatical proceduralization than simple activities.
Keywords: tutorial CALL, proceduralization, practice, grammar instruction, subjunctive, relative clauses
Published online: 13 May 2020
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