Questions for Pedagogy and Research

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Shaoyan Qi


Norris and Ortega’s (2000) article provides both a useful perspective on SLA-informed investigations of L2 instruction and reflection on the gaps in this body of literature. Regarding the field’s contribution to our current understanding of the effectiveness of L2 instruction, Norris and Ortega’s summary highlights four main points: (1) L2 instruction is more effective than mere exposure to the L2; (2) Focus on FormS and Focus on Form instruction are equally effective; (3) explicit instruction is more effective than implicit instruction; and (4) L2 instructional effectiveness is durable.

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