Processing Instruction and Dictogloss: A Study on Object Pronouns and Word Order in Spanish
Article first published online: 28 AUG 2009
© 2009 by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Inc.
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 42, Issue 3, pages 557–575, Fall 2009
How to Cite
VanPatten, B., Inclezan, D., Salazar, H. and Farley, A. P. (2009), Processing Instruction and Dictogloss: A Study on Object Pronouns and Word Order in Spanish. Foreign Language Annals, 42: 557–575. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.2009.01033.x
- Issue published online: 28 AUG 2009
- Article first published online: 28 AUG 2009
- first noun principle;
- processing instruction;
- Spanish object pronouns
Abstract: In the current study, we present the findings of an experiment with 108 participants of Spanish as a second language in which we compared the effects of dictogloss (DG) and processing instruction (PI) and compared both sets of effects to a control group. Our findings do not support the results of a recent study, Qin (2008). In that study, DG and PI were found to be equally effective; however, we find that PI is superior overall to DG as an instructional intervention, a finding much more in line with the original research on which Qin based her study (e.g., VanPatten & Cadierno, 1993). We trace differences in results to materials and assessment tasks in Qin's study, which departed significantly from previous research.