Rhonda Oliver

List of John Benjamins publications for which Rhonda Oliver plays a role.



Second Language Acquisition and the Younger Learner: Child's play?

Edited by Jenefer Philp, Rhonda Oliver and Alison Mackey

[Language Learning & Language Teaching, 23] 2008. viii, 334 pp.
Subjects Applied linguistics | Language acquisition | Language teaching | Multilingualism


Oliver, Rhonda and Tatiana Bogachenko 2024 Chapter 9. Task-based language learning and teaching: Differences according to ageIndividual Differences and Task-Based Language Teaching, Li, Shaofeng (ed.), pp. 262–286 | Chapter
Different theoretical perspectives have informed task-based research exploring variables related to individual differences. Whilst the majority of studies have been undertaken with adult learners, there is a small and growing body of work investigating what younger learners do when they use… read more
Grote, Ellen and Rhonda Oliver 2022 Chapter 12. A task-based needs analysis framework for TBLT: Theory, purpose, and applicationSecond Language Acquisition Theory: The legacy of Professor Michael H. Long, Benati, Alessandro G. and John W. Schwieter (eds.), pp. 235–256 | Chapter
This chapter focuses on the evidenced-based Task Based Needs Analysis (NA) model that Michael Long developed as a tool for Task Based Language Teaching (TBLT). It describes the theoretical underpinnings of the model, its purpose and aims, its function in TBLT, how it contributes to task and… read more
Azkarai, Agurtzane, María del Pilar García Mayo and Rhonda Oliver 2020 The effect of task repetition on the patterns of interaction of ESL childrenITL - International Journal of Applied Linguistics 171:1, pp. 90–112 | Article
Research on collaborative work has explored the benefits of task repetition (TR) for L2 development. TR has been claimed to improve L2 complexity, accuracy and fluency, provide opportunities for feedback, and increase learners’ engagement in their L2, as reported in studies that have explored… read more
Larsson, Tove, Shawn Loewen, Rhonda Oliver, Miyuki Sasaki, Nicole Tracy-Ventura and Luke Plonsky 2020 Chapter 5. Towards achieving work-life balance in academia: Comments and personal essays from six applied linguistsProfessional Development in Applied Linguistics: A guide to success for graduate students and early career faculty, Plonsky, Luke (ed.), pp. 49–64 | Chapter
The competing demands of teaching, research, and service seem to never end. Consequently, as academics, we often find ourselves feeling unable to realize our professional goals while also maintaining a life outside of work. Recognizing that there is no one-size-fits-all way to achieve or… read more
Previous research carried out from a socio-cultural perspective has explored the way adult learners interact when undertaking tasks. Following the type of analysis initiated by Storch (2002) we examined the patterns of interaction of young ESL learners (ages 9–12) of different English… read more
Steele, Carly and Rhonda Oliver 2019 Chapter 15. Can print literacy impact upon learning to speak Standard Australian English?Widening Contexts for Processability Theory: Theories and issues, Lenzing, Anke, Howard Nicholas and Jana Roos (eds.), pp. 349–370 | Chapter
Second language learning research mostly investigates literate learners. Based on studies by Tarone, Bigelow and colleagues (2004, 2005, 2006, 2006) this small scale study focuses on low level literacy learners who are acquiring Standard Australian English as their second dialect. It explores… read more
Oliver, Rhonda and Tatiana Bogachenko 2018 Chapter 3. Teacher perceptions and use of tasks in school ESL classroomsTBLT as a Researched Pedagogy, Samuda, Virginia, Kris Van den Branden and Martin Bygate (eds.), pp. 71–96 | Chapter
Although Task-Based Language Teaching (TBLT) is becoming increasingly popular among researchers and practitioners worldwide, teachers’ perceptions about tasks and their use within school classrooms have received scant attention in the literature. Given that perceptions about ‘task’ influence… read more
Due to its historical and socio-cultural context, the traditional way of teaching and learning in Vietnam follows Confucian traditions and is characterized by teacher-centeredness and passive student learning. To develop learner autonomy and promote the development of communicative competence,… read more
Oliver, Rhonda, Judith Rochecouste, Samantha Vanderford and Ellen Grote 2011 Teacher awareness and understandings about Aboriginal English in Western AustraliaAustralian Review of Applied Linguistics 34:1, pp. 60–74 | Article
Repeated assessments of literacy skills have shown that Aboriginal students do not achieve at the same level as their non-Aboriginal peers. Many Aboriginal students speak Aboriginal English, a dialect different from the Standard Australian English used in schools. Research shows that it is crucial… read more
The role of conversational interaction in second language research has increasingly been seen as playing a facilitative role in second language learning. As such there have been a number of studies focussing on different types of interaction, including feedback such as recasts, and their potential… read more
Tognini, Rita, Jenefer Philp and Rhonda Oliver 2010 Rehearsing, conversing, working it out: Second language use in peer interactionSociocognitive Approaches to Second Language Pedagogy, Dyson, Bronwen Patricia (ed.), pp. 28.1–28.25 | Article
This paper reports on a study of peer interaction in ten foreign language (FL) classes, six secondary and four primary, over a period of four months. The focus of this paper is the nature of peer interaction, including the purposes of second language use, and language choice. The data, comprising… read more
Oliver, Rhonda, Jenefer Philp and Alison Mackey 2008 The impact of teacher input, guidance and feedback on ESL children's task-based interactionsSecond Language Acquisition and the Younger Learner: Child's play?, Philp, Jenefer, Rhonda Oliver and Alison Mackey (eds.), pp. 131–147 | Article
In this chapter we examine children’s interaction during authentic lessons involving tasks in L2 classrooms, comparing the effects of teacher guidance for 5–7 year olds (n = 22) and 11–12 year olds (n = 20). Three experimental conditions representing a continuum of teacher guidance were examined:… read more
Philp, Jenefer, Alison Mackey and Rhonda Oliver 2008 Child's play? Second language acquisition and the younger learner in contextSecond Language Acquisition and the Younger Learner: Child's play?, Philp, Jenefer, Rhonda Oliver and Alison Mackey (eds.), pp. 3–23 | Article
This study reports on teachers’ attitudes towards their students’ speech varieties of English. A sample of 172 primary, district high and secondary teachers in Western Australian schools was surveyed on their attitudes towards language variation and towards their students’ use of specific English… read more
Although language variation is widespread and natural, it is subject to judgement. Where a standard language has developed, other varieties tend to be judged against its ‘standard’. While a number of overseas studies have found that this type of linguistic bias occurs in education and negatively… read more
Iwasaki, Junko and Rhonda Oliver 2003 Chat-Line interaction and negative feedbackAsian Languages and Computers, Hoven, Debra and Jeong-Bae Son (eds.), pp. 60–73 | Article
In recent years researchers have investigated the use of Internet applications for language and cultural learning. While this new technology seems to have provided an educational breakthrough, relatively little linguistic research has been conducted particularly in relation to second language… read more