Chapter published in:Languaging in Language Learning and Teaching: A collection of empirical studies
Edited by Wataru Suzuki and Neomy Storch
[Language Learning & Language Teaching 55] 2020
► pp. 20–39
Child EFL grammar learning through a collaborative writing task
The present study analyzed the effects of completing a dictogloss task on the development of English grammar (3rd person singular -s and articles) in a foreign language primary school context. Fifty 11–12 year-old elementary EFL Spanish learners worked on a dictogloss task individually, and in teacher-assigned dyads and small groups. Their grammar gains were measured by means of a pre- and post-dictogloss grammaticality judgment test. The analysis of the children’s languaging showed that the task encouraged learners in pairs and groups to equally focus on form, although not only on the target features, which did not improve. There was, however, a slight advantage of pairs over small groups and individuals. A number of research implications, drawn from these results, are discussed.
Keywords: children, focus on form, L2 writing, collaboration, dictogloss
Published online: 14 August 2020
Alegría de la Colina, A., & García Mayo, M. P.
Basterrechea, M., & García Mayo, M. P.
Brooks, L., & Swain, M.
Cambridge English Language Assessment
(2014) Cambridge English Movers (YLE Movers), Vol. 1. Available at http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-tests/movers/preparation/ (22 July, 2019).
Dulay, H. C., & Burt, M. K.
García Mayo, M. P.
García Mayo, M. P., & Imaz Agirre, A.
García Mayo, M. P., & Azkarai, A.
Goldshneider, J., & DeKeyser, R.
Ionin, T., & Montrul, S.
Kowal, M., & Swain, M.
Kuiken, F., & Vedder, I.
Manchón, R. M.
Manchón, R. M., & Williams, J.
Masuda, K., & Iwasaki, N.
Nassaji, H., & Tian, J.
Sato, M., & Viveros, P.
Spanish Parliament (Congreso de los Diputados)
(2013) Organic law for the improvement of the quality of Education, (Ley Orgánica 8/2013, de 9 de diciembre, para la mejora de la calidad educativa, LOMCE). Available at https://www.boe.es/buscar/act.php?id=BOE-A-2013-12886 (22 July 2019).
Swain, M., & Lapkin, S.
Vygotsky, L. S.
Watanabe, Y., & Swain, M.
Wood, D., Bruner, J., & Ross, G.