Grammar acquisition and processing instruction: Secondary and cumulative effects

Alessandro G. Benati, James F. Lee

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Research on Processing Instruction has so far investigated the primary effects of Processing Instruction. In this book, the results of a series of experimental studies investigating possible secondary and cumulative effects of Processing Instruction on the acquisition of French, Italian and English as a second language will be presented. The results of the three experiments have demonstrated that Processing Instruction not only provides learners the direct or primary benefit of learning to process and produce the morphological form on which they received instruction, but also a secondary benefit in that they transferred that training to processing and producing another morphological form on which they had received no instruction.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBristol, UK
PublisherMultilingual Matters
ISBN (Print)9781847691040
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2008

Publication series

NameSecond Language Acquisition
PublisherMultilingual Matters


  • grammar acquisition, processing instruction, second language acquisition

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