Tokyo JALT:

Grammar Instruction and Processing Instruction

Date: Thursday, October 20th, 2011 Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Speaker: Alessandro Benati

Since the 1990s, researchers began to seriously examine the issue of how learners interact with input asking questions such as "why do they skip over some things in the input?" and "what makes some features harder to process than others?" (VanPatten and Jegerski, 2010).

Such questions drove researchers to examine the effects not of instruction more generally but of particular kinds of instructional interventions; those that were both input oriented and meaning-based. These interventions include such things as text enhancement, input flood and in particular processing instruction (Wong, 2005).

This paper will track the impact that processing instruction has made since its conception. (Lee and Benati, 2009). It will explain processing instruction, both its main theoretical underpinnings as well as the guidelines for developing structured input practices. It will also provide an overview of the empirical research conducted to date, on processing instruction and it will reflect on the new research trends on measuring the relative effects of this instructional approach to grammar instruction (Benati and Lee, 2010).

Speaker (biodata):
Alessandro Benati is Professor of Applied Linguistics and Second Language Studies at the University of Greenwich, UK. He has published a number of books and journal articles in the area of second language acquisition, foreign language grammar and language teaching methods.

Organization: Tokyo Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Tokyo JALT)

Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 1,000 yen

Venue: Sophia University Yotsuya Campus Bldg. No. 10 Room301

Location: Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolis, Japan


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