Self-directed Noticing for Defossilissation: Three Case Studies
AbstractThis article discusses three case studies where researchers addressed specific aspects of their second language use which they perceived to be fossilised. The first case deals with a Korean researcher’s perceived lack of progress in speaking skills in English, particularly in active vocabulary; the second case looks at an English researcher’s problem with gender assignment and adjective agreement in German, while the third case looks at an English researcher’s difficulties with French pronunciation. Each researcher devised a treatment for his/her particular problem independently and applied the treatment, for the most part, autonomously. We argue that this kind of approach has the potential to lead to defossilisation but, more importantly, we argue that it is an invaluable way of raising awareness of the range of cognitive and affective strategies that are available to the learner, and the importance of metacognitive knowledge and strategies in deploying these resources to best effect.
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