Linguistics Seminar - 7 September 2020

Date Monday 7 September 2020
Time 11am - 12pm
Where University of Waikato - Room MSB.1.20 (Management)
Presenter Dr. Glória Guará-Tavares (Brazil)
Contact Andreea Calude
Contact email
Admission Cost Free

Task planning, working memory capacity and second language speech performance

This talk reports on a research project (Guará-Tavares, 2011, 2013, 2016,; Guará-Tavares and Carvalho, 2018; Paula and Guará-Tavares forthcoming) that investigates the relationship among working memory capacity, task planning and second language speech performance. The aim of the research is to investigate the role of working memory in task based planning and its impact on L2 oral performance. Guará-Tavares (2011, 2013) demonstrate that higher working memory capacity individuals tend to outperform lower span individuals when they plan an oral task. In addition, Guará-Tavares (2016) shows that higher spans use significantly more metacognitive strategies when compared to lower span individuals. As for the implementation of planned ideas into online performance, Guará-Tavares and Carvalho  (2018) show that there are no significant differences between lower and higher span individuals as regards the implementation of planned ideas online. Paula and Guará-Tavares (forthcoming) demonstrate that there are no statistically significant differences in the amount of information retrieved from the first and second encounter with a task. Results are discussed in terms of (Engle’s model of working memory (Engle, 1996; Engle & Oransky, 1999; Engle, Kane & Tuholsky, 1999). Pedagogical implications are also discussed in terms of the implementation of tasks in the L2 classroom. 


Glória Guará-Tavares is an associate professor at the Federal University of Ceará, Brazil, currently on sabbatical leave at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Her main research interests are working memory, speech performance, task based learning, cognitive aspects of sign language interpretation, planning and speech performance of people with aphasia and deaf language processing. She has taught English in Brazil for over twenty years and has presented in national and international conferences in New Zealand, Thailand, and The Netherlands.