Edited by Naoko Taguchi and YouJin Kim
[Task-Based Language Teaching 10] 2018
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Chapter 5. Task modality effects on Spanish learners’ interlanguage pragmatic development
Within the field of second language acquisition (SLA), we have witnessed a rise in research on task-based language teaching (TBLT) and its effects on L2 development (Kim, 2015). However, few studies have examined how TBLT could facilitate the development of interlanguage pragmatics (Taguchi & Kim, 2015), an issue which this volume aims to address. Moreover, whether task modality (i.e., oral versus written tasks) mediates development has yet to be investigated. The current study with learners of Spanish focused on the effects of using pedagogical tasks and on the manipulation of task modality on learners’ L2 pragmatic competence through the production of Spanish requests and speech act modifications. Two intermediate classes (n = 25) of Spanish completed either an oral or written story completion task. Drawing on oral and written Discourse Completion Tests, we found that tasks positively impacted learners’ production of L2 requests. However, significant differences between modality groupings were not identified.