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Title: Beyond form-focused instruction: Reflections on past, present and future research
Author: Nina Spada
Institution: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics
Abstract: In 1997 I published a paper in Language Teaching entitled ‘Form-focused instruction and second language acquisition: A review of classroom and laboratory research’. The paper reviewed the results of studies investigating the effects of form-focused instruction (FFI) on second language (L2) learning. It was organized around seven questions, including: whether FFI is beneficial to L2 learning; whether particular types of FFI are more beneficial; whether there is an optimal time to provide FFI; and whether different language features benefit more from FFI. In this paper I revisit these questions and reflect on how research on FFI and L2 learning has evolved over the past twelve years.


This article appears IN Language Teaching Vol. 44, Issue 2, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .

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