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Learner Uptake and Second Language Learning. Edition No. 1
- ID: 1904791
- August 2008
- 208 Pages
- VDM Publishing House
The focus of this study is learner uptake, defined as
a response to an interlocutor`s reformulation of a
learner`s nontargetlike linguistic forms during
communicative interaction. Uptake may contain
modified output and it may be a manifestation of
noticing, and both modified output and noticing have
generally been argued to have a positive relationship
with learning. Addressing the relationship between
uptake and learning may contribute to a deeper
understanding of what may lead to learning.
The study investigated the rates of uptake and repair
(the latter a subset of uptake) and analyzed them
with the learner`s posttest score improvement. Major
findings include: Uptake and repair were
significantly related with immediate improvement of
oral performance, but not of grammaticality
judgments. In conclusion, the study suggests that
uptake has a differential immediate impact on the
improvement of the ability to use, and the knowledge
of, the target form, and that uptake may be related
to noticing of the target form at the level on which
learners can verbalize specific targeted forms.
Mikiko Suzuki is Assistant Professor at Doshisha University,
Kyoto, Japan. She has earned doctorate in Applied Linguistics at
Teachers College, Columbia University. Her specialization is
Second Language Acquisition and main research interests are in
the field of interaction and learner output.