Practice for Second Language Learning: Don’t Throw out the Baby with the Bathwater

  • Robert DeKeyser
Keywords: practice, skill acquisition, curriculum design, feedback, individual differences

Abstract

After presenting some of the main arguments against certain narrow concepts of second language practice, this article argues that a broader concept of practice, still focused on form or even forms, but with due attention to form-meaning links and with appropriate sequencing of activities to ensure declarative knowledge first, followed by its proceduralization and (at least partial) automatization, is as relevant as ever. A brief overview is given of the range of activities that fall within this concept, and recommendations are made for adaptation to students’ individual and group differences.
Published
01-06-2010
How to Cite
DeKeyser, R. (2010). Practice for Second Language Learning: Don’t Throw out the Baby with the Bathwater. International Journal of English Studies, 10(1), 155-165. https://doi.org/10.6018/ijes/2010/1/114021