Rhonda Oliver

Rhonda Oliver

List of John Benjamins publications for which Rhonda Oliver plays a role.



Second Language Acquisition and the Younger Learner: Child's play?

Edited by Jenefer Philp, Rhonda Oliver and Alison Mackey

[Language Learning & Language Teaching, 23] 2008. viii, 334 pp.
Subjects Applied linguistics | Language acquisition | Language teaching | Multilingualism


This chapter focuses on the evidenced-based Task Based Needs Analysis (NA) model that Michael Long developed as a tool for Task Based Language Teaching (TBLT). It describes the theoretical underpinnings of the model, its purpose and aims, its function in TBLT, how it contributes to task and… read more | Chapter
Azkarai, Agurtzane, María del Pilar García Mayo and Rhonda Oliver. 2020. The effect of task repetition on the patterns of interaction of ESL children. ITL - International Journal of Applied Linguistics 171:1, pp. 90–112
Research on collaborative work has explored the benefits of task repetition (TR) for L2 development. TR has been claimed to improve L2 complexity, accuracy and fluency, provide opportunities for feedback, and increase learners’ engagement in their L2, as reported in studies that have explored… read more | Article
The competing demands of teaching, research, and service seem to never end. Consequently, as academics, we often find ourselves feeling unable to realize our professional goals while also maintaining a life outside of work. Recognizing that there is no one-size-fits-all way to achieve or… read more | Chapter
Previous research carried out from a socio-cultural perspective has explored the way adult learners interact when undertaking tasks. Following the type of analysis initiated by Storch (2002) we examined the patterns of interaction of young ESL learners (ages 9–12) of different English proficiency… read more | Article
Steele, Carly and Rhonda Oliver. 2019. Chapter 15. Can print literacy impact upon learning to speak Standard Australian English?. Widening Contexts for Processability Theory: Theories and issues, Lenzing, Anke, Howard Nicholas and Jana Roos (eds.), pp. 349–370
Second language learning research mostly investigates literate learners. Based on studies by Tarone, Bigelow and colleagues (2004, 2005, 2006, 2006) this small scale study focuses on low level literacy learners who are acquiring Standard Australian English as their second dialect. It explores… read more | Chapter
Oliver, Rhonda and Tatiana Bogachenko. 2018. Chapter 3. Teacher perceptions and use of tasks in school ESL classrooms. TBLT as a Researched Pedagogy, Samuda, Virginia, Kris Van den Branden and Martin Bygate (eds.), pp. 71–96
Although Task-Based Language Teaching (TBLT) is becoming increasingly popular among researchers and practitioners worldwide, teachers’ perceptions about tasks and their use within school classrooms have received scant attention in the literature. Given that perceptions about ‘task’ influence… read more | Chapter
Due to its historical and socio-cultural context, the traditional way of teaching and learning in Vietnam follows Confucian traditions and is characterized by teacher-centeredness and passive student learning. To develop learner autonomy and promote the development of communicative competence,… read more | Chapter
Oliver, Rhonda, Judith Rochecouste, Samantha Vanderford and Ellen Grote. 2011. Teacher awareness and understandings about Aboriginal English in Western Australia. Australian Review of Applied Linguistics 34:1, pp. 60–74
Repeated assessments of literacy skills have shown that Aboriginal students do not achieve at the same level as their non-Aboriginal peers. Many Aboriginal students speak Aboriginal English, a dialect different from the Standard Australian English used in schools. Research shows that it is crucial… read more | Article
The role of conversational interaction in second language research has increasingly been seen as playing a facilitative role in second language learning. As such there have been a number of studies focussing on different types of interaction, including feedback such as recasts, and their potential… read more | Article
Tognini, Rita, Jenefer Philp and Rhonda Oliver. 2010. Rehearsing, conversing, working it out: Second language use in peer interaction. Sociocognitive Approaches to Second Language Pedagogy, Dyson, Bronwen Patricia (ed.), pp. 28.1–28.25
This paper reports on a study of peer interaction in ten foreign language (FL) classes, six secondary and four primary, over a period of four months. The focus of this paper is the nature of peer interaction, including the purposes of second language use, and language choice. The data, comprising… read more | Article
Oliver, Rhonda, Jenefer Philp and Alison Mackey. 2008. The impact of teacher input, guidance and feedback on ESL children's task-based interactions. Second Language Acquisition and the Younger Learner: Child's play?, Philp, Jenefer, Rhonda Oliver and Alison Mackey (eds.), pp. 131–147
In this chapter we examine children’s interaction during authentic lessons involving tasks in L2 classrooms, comparing the effects of teacher guidance for 5–7 year olds (n = 22) and 11–12 year olds (n = 20). Three experimental conditions representing a continuum of teacher guidance were examined:… read more | Article
Philp, Jenefer, Alison Mackey and Rhonda Oliver. 2008. Child's play? Second language acquisition and the younger learner in context. Second Language Acquisition and the Younger Learner: Child's play?, Philp, Jenefer, Rhonda Oliver and Alison Mackey (eds.), pp. 3–23
This study reports on teachers’ attitudes towards their students’ speech varieties of English. A sample of 172 primary, district high and secondary teachers in Western Australian schools was surveyed on their attitudes towards language variation and towards their students’ use of specific English… read more | Article
Although language variation is widespread and natural, it is subject to judgement. Where a standard language has developed, other varieties tend to be judged against its ‘standard’. While a number of overseas studies have found that this type of linguistic bias occurs in education and negatively… read more | Article
Iwasaki, Junko and Rhonda Oliver. 2003. Chat-Line interaction and negative feedback. Asian Languages and Computers, Hoven, Debra and Jeong-Bae Son (eds.), pp. 60–73
In recent years researchers have investigated the use of Internet applications for language and cultural learning. While this new technology seems to have provided an educational breakthrough, relatively little linguistic research has been conducted particularly in relation to second language… read more | Article