Noticing and second language acquisition

Chapelle (1998) introduced the idea of noticing of linguistic input, which is important for successful acquisition of language forms. He says:

The linguistic characteristics of target language input need to be made salient……..Experimental research has shown that highlighting input in materials to prompt learners to notice particular syntactic forms positively influenced their acquisition (Doughty, 1991)…..

Song lyrics often display language in a way that makes it easy to notice it even without the teacher’s prompts and when this is not the case, the teacher can support the acquisition by selecting appropriate tasks, which will support noticing.

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