The Role of Task Complexity And Task Motivation In Language Production

Umi Kalsom, Masrom and Nik Aloesnita, Nik Mohd Alwi and Nor Shidrah, Mat Daud (2015) The Role of Task Complexity And Task Motivation In Language Production. GEMA Online Journal of Language Studies, 15 (2). pp. 33-49. ISSN 1675-8021. (Published)

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This study investigates the relationship between the cognitive demands of task complexity and learners’ task motivation using task-based instruction during asynchronous computer-mediated communication (ACMC) writing tasks. Eighty-eight participants were assigned with a writing task, each of different complexity level which was manipulated following Robinson Cognition Hypotheses (2001a, 2003, 2005, 2007) along resource-directing (+/- causal reasoning demand) and resource-dispersing (+/- task structure) variables. After the participants have completed the writing tasks, they were asked to complete a questionnaire to gauge their motivation towards the tasks. Further analysis of the data was conducted by using Multivariate Analysis of Variance (MANOVA) and correlational analysis. Analyses of results showed that there is a correlation between task complexity and task motivation among learners. In short, this study is important as it identifies the relationship and roles between task complexity and task motivation in mediating the acquisition of language.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: task complexity; task motivation; language production; resource-directing; resource-dispersing
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education
Faculty/Division: Centre For Modern Languages and Human Sciences
Depositing User: Noorul Farina Arifin
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2014 04:29
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2018 02:26
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