AsiaTEFL Logo
AsiaTEFL MENU
Indexed in SCOPUS
About AsiaTEFL
Notice
2023 Conference
Conference
Webinars
AsiaTEFL Book Series
AsiaTEFL Links
Gallery
The Journal of Asia TEFL
Information of the Journal
Submission Guidelines
Ethical Guidelines
Manuscript Submission
Editorial Board
Past Issues
Journal Order
Membership
Contact Us
My Page
Past Issues
Go List

Volume 14 Number 4, Winter 2017, Pages 587-836   


 http://dx.doi.org/10.18823/asiatefl.2017.14.4.10.736 PDF Download
   

Exploring the Interplay of Planning Time, Reasoning Demands, and Language Learning Aptitude in Iranian EFL Learners' Written Production

    Simin Sattarpour & Farahman Farrokhi


First, this investigation – inspired by Robinson's (2001a, 2001b, 2003, 2011) Cognition Hypothesis and Skehan's (1998, 2003) Trade-Off Hypothesis – intends to explore how second language writing can improve language learning through manipulating cognitive task complexity dimensions. Second, it attempts to examine if task complexity factors and cognitive learner-related variables have interaction effects on linguistic production. It focuses on planning time and intentional reasoning demands, language learning aptitude, and measures of lexical complexity, syntactic complexity, and accuracy. The participants were 226 intermediate Iranian EFL learners. In a between-subjects design, the participants were first assigned to three experimental groups randomly, each group receiving a task with different level of reasoning demands. Then, within each group, we did a stratified random sampling and assigned an equal number of learners with higher and lower aptitude levels to planned and unplanned groups. The results revealed that (a) planning time availability led to significantly more syntactic complexity, (b) increasing task complexity with regard to reasoning demands resulted in higher gains of lexical and syntactic complexity, whereas no significant effect was detected on accuracy, (c) a significant interaction effect between planning and reasoning demands was found only on accuracy, and (d) a three-way interaction among planning, reasoning demands, and language learning aptitude was observed on accuracy. Generally, the findings are discussed with regard to the predictions of the Cognition Hypothesis and the Trade-Off Hypothesis.

Keywords: task complexity factors, planning time, reasoning demands, language aptitude



JACET
KAFLE
KOTESOL
MELTA
ThaiTESOL
HAAL
TEFLIN
단체명 : AsiaTEFL (아시아영어교육학회)
고유번호 : 605-82-77130
소재지 : 광주광역시 광산구 호남대길 59, 1층 4101호
대표자 : 박주경
고객센터 : canteras@naver.com 043-230-3543 (09:00~18:00)