University of Kitakyushu:

Task Complexity, Task Sequencing, Task Difficulty, and Second Language Learning

Date: Thursday, December 15th, 2011 Time: 2:40 PM - 5:50 PM

Speaker: Peter Robinson

Description:
The University of Kitakyushu Department of English welcomes the distinguisted author and researcher Peter Robinson for a special lecture on task-based learning.

  • Part 1: Foundations (2:40-4:10)
  • Part 2: Support (4:20-5:50)

In this presentation, Prof. Robinson describes the theoretical rationale for a research program into the effects of task demands on speech production and learning. Specifically, he describes the rationale for the Cognition Hypothesis, that tasks should be sequenced from simple to complex for learners, and that this will have measurable effects on promoting accuracy, fluency and complexity of speech, and also promote uptake, incorporation and retention of language in the input to task performance. He also describes factors contributing to perceptions of task "difficulty", and describe how these moderator variables can be accommodated in future research into task-learner interactions. Some recent studies of these issues are reported in conclusion.

About the presenter:
Prof. Robinson has authored and edited numerous books and papers on second language acquisition internationally. He is Professor of Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition at Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo.

The talk is open to the public free of charge

Organization: University of Kitakyushu

Cost: free

Venue: University of Kitakyushu, Room A-101 map

Location: Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan

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