Effects of task repetition on EFL oral performance

Dawadi, Saraswati (2019). Effects of task repetition on EFL oral performance. ITL - International Journal of Applied Linguistics, 170(1) pp. 3–23.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1075/itl.16025.daw


There is considerable research into the effects of task repetition (TR) on second language (L2) performance but the results are not yet conclusive. However, some patterns are emerging in the findings such as TR in most cases seems to trigger more fluent language. Unfortunately, limited attention has been paid to L2 learners’ perceptions of TR. In this study, 40 English as a foreign language (EFL) learners were asked to repeat a task, three days after they first performed the task. On both performances, they performed the task as soon as they received instructions. The results indicated that TR triggered more complex and fluent, but less accurate, narratives. Post-task interviews indicated that the majority of learners had positive attitudes towards TR; they were more confident second time around because of their familiarity with the task. The finding of the study that TR promoted fluency and accuracy might have some pedagogical implications for EFL teaching.

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