Measuring re-exposure and long-term effects of processing instruction on the acquisition of english negative adverbials of inversion

2017
Yapıcı, Burçin
The proposed study was intended to explore the effects of processing instruction (PI) on English Negative Adverbials of Inversion (NAI) constructions. It utilized a re-exposure treatment, immediate and delayed post-tests to find out whether learners receiving PI (1) would improve in their ability to interpret and produce sentences containing NAI constructions, (2) would maintain their gains over delayed post-tests and (3) would further improve in their ability to interpret and produce sentences containing NAI constructions when they receive re-exposure to PI. 65 advanced English proficiency level university students were randomly assigned to three groups: PI re-exposure (EG1), PI only (EG2) and a control group (CG). All groups were tested through pre-tests before the treatments. EG1 and EG2 were taught NAI constructions through PI and CG received no instruction. The immediate and two-weeks delayed effects of PI on NAI constructions were tested by sentence level interpretation and production tasks. EG1 received PI again four-weeks after the first PI. The effects of PI and re-exposure to the PI were measured through delayed post-tests six months after the first PI treatment. Non-parametric tests were conducted for pre and post-tests scores to assess instruction and time effects. The results showed that PI had positive effects on the acquisition of English NAI constructions. The learners’ gains were found to be maintained on their production ability and the durable effects for the interpretation tasks were due to the re-exposure treatment. 

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Citation Formats
B. Yapıcı, “Measuring re-exposure and long-term effects of processing instruction on the acquisition of english negative adverbials of inversion,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2017.