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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.

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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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