Kitakyushu JALT:

Task complexity and second language development: tools to promote speaking

Date: Saturday, May 12th, 2012 Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Speaker: Colin Thompson

This presentation discusses the role of task complexity for developing L2 speaking skills in terms of fluency, accuracy and complexity. The presenter will begin by reviewing the theoretical background of task-based learning, its advantages and disadvantages before focusing on the role of task complexity, and how tasks can be designed and sequenced to promote learners' L2 speech, referencing Robinson's (2003) Cognition Hypothesis as a framework. The talk is supported with quantitative and qualitative data which investigates the impact of task complexity for developing Japanese learners' L2 speaking skills at the University level.

Colin Thompson is a PhD student at the University of Central Lancashire, UK. He has been teaching in Japan for five years and his research interests are task-based language learning and teaching.

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

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

Venue: Kitakyushu International Conference Centre, 3F

Location: Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan


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