Kim McDonough is a Ph.D. candidate in Applied Linguistics at Georgetown University, Washington, DC.
Communicative Tasks, Conversational Interaction and Linguistic Form: An Empirical Study of Thai1
Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
© 2000 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 33, Issue 1, pages 82–92, January 2000
How to Cite
McDonough, K. and Mackey, A. (2000), Communicative Tasks, Conversational Interaction and Linguistic Form: An Empirical Study of Thai. Foreign Language Annals, 33: 82–92. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.2000.tb00893.x
We would like to thank Chatraporn Lertvatrakan and Pornpimon Suppakorn for Thai language assistance, Jenefer Philp for illustrations, as well as two reviewers and the editor who provided insightful comments. Any errors are ours.
- Issue published online: 31 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
ABSTRACT Second language acquisition (SLA) research suggests that some of the processes that occur during conversational interaction may facilitate second language learning. Carrying out communicative tasks designed to promote these processes can provide learners with the opportunity to focus on linguistic form in the context of meaning. Much of the SLA research on conversational interaction and communicative tasks has been carried out with the more commonly taught languages, such as English or Spanish. This article describes a series of communicative tasks designed for use by learners of Thai as a second or foreign language and reports on a study that tested the tasks' effectiveness at providing opportunities for learners to focus on linguistic form during conversational interaction. Finally, practical issues in the implementation of tasks in L2 classroom and research contexts are discussed.