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Researching Written Task Complexity in Diverse Contexts
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Lawrence Zhang
Professor of Applied Linguistics
The University of Auckland, New Zealand

Abstract:

Task complexity has been an area of interest for both SLA researchers and scholars in the area of task-based language teaching. However, the construct of “task” might be operationalized somewhat differently by scholars in these two camps, in relation to how it is theorized, operationalized, and interpreted in SLA and in L2 writing research. Generally, “task complexity” refers to tasks used as elicitation procedures in SLA research. It can also mean relative task complexity in general language teaching/learning and assessment. This colloquium will examine the interface of L2 oral and written language production relating to task complexity that has been used in the three broad fields briefly mentioned above.

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