TOWARDS THE AUTOMATISATION OF A FOREIGN LANGUAGE: SENSORIMOTOR DRILLING, THE STRUCTURATION OF LINGUISTIC INPUT ON THE BASIS OF PROCESSING DEMANDS AND SENSORY CHUNKING

Verónica Mendoza Fernández

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The current study presents the results of a treatment that sought to improve the 3rd person singular -s of the present simple tense. Sixty-four EFL learners from three different primary schools participated in the experiment. Learners were divided into a control group and two experimental groups. Whereas the control group followed its own school instruction, the two experimental groups followed a treatment that was based on neuroscience and psychology and that integrated innovative pedagogical techniques (©2018, 2019, Verónica Mendoza Fernández): sensorimotor drilling, the structuration of linguistic input on the basis of processing demands and sensory chunking. Learners carried out four pretest-postest tasks. Here are presented the results of one of the tasks: oral sentence transformation. The findings of the study indicated that statistical significance was reached by the two experimental groups only.

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foreign language teaching, sensorimotor drilling, sensory chunking, language automatisation, neuroscience, psychology

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