Continuation Task: A Critical Review and Directions for Future Research
International Journal of Language and Linguistics
Volume 8, Issue 4, July 2020, Pages: 152-157
Received: Jul. 7, 2020; Accepted: Jul. 21, 2020; Published: Jul. 28, 2020
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Wenxi Zhou, Faculty of Teacher Education, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing, China
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Continuation task has witnessed a tremendous growth of research since it was firstly advanced by Wang, as an effective approach to L2 learning. The basic idea of continuation task is that learners should first read a given text with the end removed, then they should finish the continual writing in a logical and coherent way with imagination on the basis of the given text. In the process of continuation, learners need to not only fully understand the given text, but create new content, imitate and use the words and structures that appeared in the given text, thus producing interactive alignment effects, and improving the efficiency of learning foreign language. Researches on continuation tasks cover key issues regarding to the effectiveness on L2 learning and task-related or learner-related factors in continuation task that influence L2 learning. Since the number of researchers investigating the application of continuation task to L2 teaching and learning continues to grow, it is necessary to assess the current state of the researches in this area and establish future directions of investigation. This review aims to provide an overview of recent researches on continuation task and offer some suggestions for future researches.
Continuation Task, Alignment, Second Language Acquisition, L2 Writing
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Wenxi Zhou, Continuation Task: A Critical Review and Directions for Future Research, International Journal of Language and Linguistics. Vol. 8, No. 4, 2020, pp. 152-157. doi: 10.11648/j.ijll.20200804.15
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