Insights into the cognition of mood selection in L2 learners of Spanish

Joseph Collentine, Karina Collentine

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DeKeyser (2007a) submits that second-language acquisition research must identify the ideal task-design features for automatizing grammatical abilities in practice. We therefore report the results of a study that used meaningful computer assisted language learning (CALL) practice to promote foreign-language learners' proceduralization of Spanish mood-selection in relative clauses (e.g., Busco un libro que es/sea muy interesante) premised on skill acquisition theory (DeKeyser, 2007b). The results indicate that, when CALL practice is deliberate, meaningful, and entails metalinguistic feedback (Cerezo, 2010), learners process mood selection more fluently and efficiently as practice progresses. The analysis also indicates that elaborate practice activities (i.e., involving multiple features of relative clauses) are more effective at promoting grammatical proceduralization than simple activities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHispanic Linguistics. Current issues and new directions
EditorsAlfonso Morales-Front, Michael J. Ferreira, Ronald P. Leow, Cristina Sanz
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9789027261328
StatePublished - 2020

Publication series

NameIssues in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics
ISSN (Print)2213-3887


  • Grammar instruction
  • Practice
  • Proceduralization
  • Relative clauses
  • Subjunctive
  • Tutorial CALL

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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