Language and Speech Laboratory

Focus on form in and learning outcomes in the foreign language classroom

Authors
Eva Alcón Soler, María del Pilar García Mayo.

Book
Child's Play? Second Language Acquisition and the Younger Learner

Publisher
John Benjamins

Editor
J. Philp, R.Oliver & A. Mackey

Pages
173-192.

Year
2008
Abstract
This chapter addresses the issue of how unplanned focus on form is accomplished in an English as a foreign language (EFL) classroom and its effect on adolescents’ learning outcomes. The findings support previous research indicating that adolescents benefit from interaction in foreign language classrooms as well as claims that for adolescents, as with adults, focus on form is an effective means of raising awareness of lexical items. Findings also suggest that the relationship between noticing, uptake and longer-term learning requires more research with this population in order to better understand the processes.