Presentation 1: Geoff Jordan on task complexity

In this presentation, Geoff contrasts Peter Robinson’s model of task complexity with Peter Skehan’s, concluding with a proposal of practical criteria for sequencing pedagogic tasks. The slides can be downloaded from the Materials tab, and there are further references following the video.

Further references

Please note that the reference to Skehan (2011) in the presentation is actually Skehan (2009) below.

  • Malicka, A., & Sasayama, S. (2017). Cognitive task complexity: A research synthesis. Paper presented at the Seventh International Conference on TBLT, University of Barcelona, 18–21 April.  
  • Skehan, P. (2006) A Framework for the Implementation of Task-based Instruction. Applied Linguistics, 17, 1, 38–62.  
  • Skehan, P. (2009) Modelling Second Language Performance: Integrating Complexity, Accuracy, Fluency, and Lexis. Applied Linguistics 30, 4, 510–532. 
  • Robinson, P. (2011). Second language task complexity, the cognition hypothesis, language learning, and performance. In P. Robinson (Ed.), Second language task complexity. Researching the cognition hypothesis of language learning and performance (pp. 3–37). Amsterdam, the Netherlands: John Benjamins.

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