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Dissertation Information


Title: The Effects of Task Interest on Second Language Production Add Dissertation
Author: Bayram Pekoz Update Dissertation
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Institution: University of New South Wales, Department of Linguistics
Completed in: 2001
Linguistic Subfield(s): Applied Linguistics;
Subject Language(s): English
Director(s): Putai Jin
Martin Cooper

Abstract: The study investigated the effects of perceived interest on second language production. The study involved sixty dyads studying pre-academic English at university. Each dyad was given a more interesting and a less interesting variation of each task type. As a result, the dyads carried out eight tasks - two problem-solving, two jig-saw and four opinion-exchange tasks.

The results of repeated-measure analyses showed significant differences for all tasks with the exception of the jig-saw task type, which indicated that the more interesting variations produced a greater amount of language. The lack of significance for the jig-saw task was justified and this justification rendered the study more reliable.

The results further showed that a task type which produced more language did not necessarily produce more quality of language. These results were also supported with the findings of the qualitative data which examined the transcriptions from learners' speech and evaluated the tasks in terms of quality of language production and task effectiveness.

Finally, the theoretical and practical implications of the study were discussed, and suggestions for further research were provided.