Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Education Studies

Title

Effects of pushed production of single words and multiword patterns on L2 oral fluency: Some evidence from temporal measurements

Language

English

Abstract

The contribution of formulaic sequences (FSs) to native speaker fluency is uncontroversial, but their contribution to L2 fluency is often assumed. These units package both meaning and form in an entire unit and facilitate both conceptualization and formulation of speech. These are the ‘fluency assumptions’ of these FSs. This study asks if the ‘fluency assumptions’ of FSs can be imitated in classroom settings by pushing learners to use common multiword (MW) patterns to achieve a kind of ‘instruction-enhanced L2 fluency’. It also compares the outcome with the teaching of single words (SWs). Learners’ (a) temporal fluency and (b) fluency at the levels of conceptualizing and formulating speech were assessed. Towell, R., R. Hawkins & N. Bazergui. 1996. The development of fluency in advanced learners of French. Applied Linguistics 17 (1). 84–119, avant-garde approach to analyzing fluency was drawn on in the discussion of the results. Broadly, instructing MW patterns and SWs sped up formulation processes but made demands on speech conceptualization, and there existed other subtle differences.

Keywords

L2 oral fluency, single words, multiword patterns, fluency measures, pausal analysis

Publication Date

2017

Source Publication Title

International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching

Publisher

De Gruyter

Peer Reviewed

1

DOI

10.1515/iral-2015-9991

Link to Publisher's Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/iral-2015-9991

ISSN (print)

0019042X

ISSN (electronic)

16134141

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