Hogeschool van Amsterdam

Centre for Applied Research in Education

Boosting learners’ self-confidence, enjoyment and willingness to interact in the language classroom.

Article

This introduction to the special issue provides an overview of the role of practice in a second language (L2) from both pedagogical and theoretical perspectives.

The following 5 areas of research are identified for studying L2 practice from cognitive psychology perspectives: (a) the type of practice (retrieval practice, corrective feedback, modality), (b) distribution of practice, (c) schedule of practice (blocking and interleaving effects), (d) individual difference factors (aptitude–treatment interaction), and (e) effects of practice on learning trajectories and outcomes. This special issue sets a research agenda toward better understanding the learning processes and resulting knowledge through practice. That research can inform teachers about how they can optimize L2 teaching and learning for a variety of learners across different classroom contexts.

Reference van Batenburg, E. S. L., Oostdam, R. J., van Gelderen, A. J. S., Fukkink, R. G., & de Jong, N. H. (2019). Boosting learners’ self-confidence, enjoyment and willingness to interact in the language classroom. The Modern Language Journal, 103(1).
Published by  Centre for Applied Research in Education 1 January 2019