Second Language Studies: Acquisition, Learning, Education and Technology

Tokyo, Japan
September 22-24, 2010

Form-Focused Task-Oriented Dialogues for Computer Assisted Language Learning: A Pilot Study on German Dative

Magdalena Wolska, Sabrina Wilske

Computational Linguistics, Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany

We report on a pilot experiment conducted in order to investigate whether computer-based conversational focused tasks promote acquisition of forms. The structure we targeted was the German dative case in prepositional phrases. The goal of the task we designed was two-fold: First, learners should improve their overall communicative skills in the scenario and, second, expand their mastery of the target structure. In this paper, we present an evaluation of learners’ progress on the latter.

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Bibliographic reference.  Wolska, Magdalena / Wilske, Sabrina (2010): "Form-focused task-oriented dialogues for computer assisted language learning: a pilot study on German dative", In L2WS-2010, paper P1-6.