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Second Language Task-Based Performance

Theory, Research, Assessment, 1st Edition

By Peter Skehan


336 pages

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Second Language Task-Based Performance is the first book to synthesize Peter Skehan’s theoretical and empirical contributions all in one place. With three distinct themes explored in each section (theory, empirical studies, and assessment), Skehan’s influential body of work is organized in such a way that it provides an updated reflection on the material and makes it relevant to today’s researchers. Also in each section, an early publication is matched by at least one later publication, followed by a newly written commentary chapter, the combination of which provides the important function of offering a wider-ranging discussion. This book is an invaluable resource for researchers interested in second language task-based research or SLA more generally.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. The Road to This Book

Section I. Theory

Introduction to the section

Chapter 2. A Framework for the Implementation of Task-Based Instruction.

Chapter 3. Modelling second language performance: Integrating complexity, accuracy, fluency and lexis

Chapter 4. Limited Attentional Capacity and Cognition: Two hypotheses regarding second language performance on tasks

Chapter 5. Reflections on Theory

Section II. Empirical Work

Introduction to the section

Chapter 6. The influence of planning on performance in task-based learning

Chapter 7. Self-reported planning behaviour and second language performance in narrative retelling

Chapter 8. Lexical Performance by Native and Non-native Speakers on Language-Learning Tasks

Chapter 9. Reflections on Planning Research

Chapter 10. Reflections on Empirical Research

Section III. Testing and Assessment

Introduction to the Section

Chapter 11. Tasks and language performance

Chapter 12. Models of speaking and the assessment of second language proficiency

Chapter 13. Reflections on Assessment



About the Author

Peter Skehan is an Honorary Research Fellow at Birkbeck College, University of London, and has taught at universities in the UK, Hong Kong, and New Zealand. He is interested in second language acquisition, particularly task-based performance, language aptitude, and language testing. He is a recipient of the International Association of Task-Based Language Teaching Distinguished Achievement award.

About the Series

Second Language Acquisition Research Series

The Second Language Acquisition Research series presents and explores issues bearing directly on theory construction and/or research methods in the study of second language acquisition. Its titles (both authored and edited volumes) provide thorough and timely overviews of high-interest topics, and include key discussions of existing research findings and their implications. A special emphasis of the series is reflected in the monographs dealing with specific data collection methods or instruments.  Each of these monographs addresses the kinds of research questions for which the method/instrument is best suited, offers extended description of its use, and outlines the problems associated with its use. The volumes in this series will be invaluable to students and scholars alike, and perfect for use in courses on research methodology and in individual research.


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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General