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Noticing the Other Gap : A Cross-linguistic Approach

By 永井 誠, ナガイ マコト and Makoto Nagai


The main topic of this paper is what is known as ""the noticing hypothesis"". It usually refers to intra-linguistic approaches to second language learners\u27 noticing the gap between what forms they are able to use and what forms they need to use in the target language. This paper, however, claims that it is more effective to take a cross-linguistic approach to the gap between the learners\u27 way of thinking in their first language and the way of expressing things in the target language. An experiment was carried out in order to compare the effectiveness of the intra-linguistic and the cross-linguistic approaches. The control group received instructions in the intra-linguistic approach and the experimental group in the cross-linguistic approach. The comparison of improvement in both groups after the experimental lessons showed that the experimental group was slightly better. Further studies are necessary to claim that the cross-linguistic approach to noticing the gap is more effective

Topics: Second language acquisition, Consciousness raising, Focus on form, Noticing
Publisher: 論文
Year: 2007
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