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Pronunciation Bites

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Here you will find a collection of tweets, posts, websites, articles and videos for your pronunciation classes. The inclusion of the materials on this list does not endorse its content in any way. Theoretical errors or biased views of any kind are not my own. (Follow Pronunciation Bites on Blogger, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest by visiting my profile: http://about.me/pronunciationbites)***Use the tag search below or the filter on top to do topic search ***
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The Effects of Mode and Task Complexity on Second Language Production

The Effects of Mode and Task Complexity on Second Language Production | TELT | Scoop.it

"Taking a psycholinguistic orientation within task‐based language teaching scholarship, this study investigated the effects of mode (oral vs. written) and task complexity on second language (L2) performance ..."


Among other detailed results, the study found that


1. L2 learners can draw on their interlanguage variably and display different linguistic behaviors depending on the mode (oral or written) in which a task is performed. Our participants spent more time and used more complex syntax as well as more varied vocabulary when they performed the task in writing. Mode also influenced propositional complexity, as speakers produced more idea units overall, but writers employed extended idea units to a higher degree. These findings provided empirical evidence for the theoretical prediction that the oral and written modes offer different opportunities for language practice and development, and, consequently, mode can constitute a task design feature that may contribute to the development of distinct L2 competencies


2. Task complexity had different effects in writing and in speech. Overall, we found that (a) task complexity effects were more noticeable in writing in the areas of propositional complexity, accuracy, and time on task, and (b) increases in task demands had similar effects on the linguistic complexity in both modes. Thus, we found that both writers’ and speakers’ productions were more syntactically complex overall (see also Tavakoli, 2014) and exhibited more sophisticated vocabulary in the complex version of the task, compared to the simple version.


3. Increases in task demands enhanced certain aspects of L2 performance in both modes, which allowed us to conclude that task complexity constitutes an important task variable that can influence L2 performance and subsequent learning.

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Learners performed simple or complex versions of task in spoken or written mode, and productions were analysed using a variety of complexity and accuracy measures. The article is open access at present and you can even see the task (pictured)
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Tips and techniques for correcting spoken errors: Rachael Roberts

Tips and techniques for correcting spoken errors: Rachael Roberts | TELT | Scoop.it
Hand signals to prompt self-correction in speaking
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The Big List of Class Discussion Strategies

The Big List of Class Discussion Strategies | TELT | Scoop.it
Here they are: 15 formats for structuring a class discussion to make it more engaging, more organized, more equitable, and more academically challenging.
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Different formats and activities to encourage discussion in class

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"15 formats for structuring a class discussion to make it more engaging, more organized, more equitable, and more academically challenging. If you’ve struggled to find effective ways to develop students’ speaking and listening skills, this is your lucky day."