The authors would like to thank Harriet Wood Bowden, Kara Morgan-Short, Nina Moreno, and Takako Egi for their assistance with this article. We would also like to thank Robert DeKeyser and the anonymous Language Learning reviewers for their insightful comments. Any mistakes, however, are our own.
Exploring the Relationship Between Modified Output and Working Memory Capacity
Article first published online: 19 MAR 2010
© 2010 Language Learning Research Club, University of Michigan
Volume 60, Issue 3, pages 501–533, September 2010
How to Cite
Mackey, A., Adams, R., Stafford, C. and Winke, P. (2010), Exploring the Relationship Between Modified Output and Working Memory Capacity. Language Learning, 60: 501–533. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9922.2010.00565.x
- Issue published online: 2 AUG 2010
- Article first published online: 19 MAR 2010
- Revised version accepted 8 April 2009
- second language acquisition (SLA);
- modified output;
- working memory capacity;
- task-based research;
- corrective feedback
This study examines the relationship between learners’ production of modified output and their working memory (WM) capacity. The task-based interactions of 42 college-level, native English-speaking learners of Spanish as a foreign language were examined. A relationship was found between learners’ WM test scores and their tendency to modify output. Specifically, greater processing capacity was related to greater production of modified output during interaction.