IJLLL 2018 Vol.4(1): 18-22 ISSN: 2382-6282
DOI: 10.18178/IJLLL.2018.4.1.143

Potential Effects of Collaborative Output Task on L2 Novice Learners’ Vocabulary Acquisition: A Pilot Study

Mutsumi Kawakami
Abstract—This paper reports on the potential impact of a collaborative output activity on the vocabulary acquisition of novice English learners in Japan. Twenty-six participants randomly assigned to pairs or groups of three performed a dictogloss task for three weeks. The dictogloss is an integrated skills activity that promotes oral interaction and written output through discussion of the text they heard. The current study aimed to examine the potential benefit of the activity on their vocabulary knowledge and their learning gain perceptions by modifying the dictogloss activity for novice learners. The results indicated that the participants significantly increased their meaning and usage aspects of vocabulary knowledge after the treatment but the retention of usage was superior to knowledge of meaning. Furthermore, the participants perceived the dictogloss activity as being effective on their productive skills for language learning. Some suggestions are proposed to enhance novice learners’ attention to form and meaning.

Index Terms—Second language acquisition, focus on Form, interaction, collaborative learning.

M. Kawakami is with Science and Engineering Department, Tokyo Denki University, Saitama, Japan (e-mail: mutsumik@mail.dendai.ac.jp).

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Cite:Mutsumi Kawakami, "Potential Effects of Collaborative Output Task on L2 Novice Learners’ Vocabulary Acquisition: A Pilot Study," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 18-22, 2018.

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