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The role of input in second language oral ability development in foreign language classrooms: A longitudinal study

Saito, K; Hanzawa, K; (2018) The role of input in second language oral ability development in foreign language classrooms: A longitudinal study. Language Teaching Research , 22 (4) pp. 398-417. 10.1177/1362168816679030. Green open access

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Abstract

The current project longitudinally investigated the extent to which first-year Japanese university students developed their second language (L2) oral ability in relation to increased input in foreign language classrooms. Their spontaneous speech was elicited at the beginning, middle and end of one academic year, and then judged by linguistically trained coders for pronunciation, fluency, vocabulary and grammar qualities. According to the statistical analyses, the total amount of input (operationalized as number of English classes taken and L2 use outside of classrooms) was significantly related to the participants’ quick and immediate development of fluency and lexicogrammar during the first semester. Their pronunciation development was mixed, either subject to continuous change over two academic semesters (for prosody) or limited within the timeframe of the study (for segmentals). Similar to naturalistic L2 speech learning, the findings support the multifaceted role of input in different areas of oral proficiency development in foreign language classrooms.

Type: Article
Title: The role of input in second language oral ability development in foreign language classrooms: A longitudinal study
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/1362168816679030
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1362168816679030
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Grammar, fluency, foreign language education, pronunciation, second language speech, vocabulary
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10066035
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