Form-Focused Instruction and the Advanced Language Learner

On the Importance of the Semantics of Grammar

by Anna Turula (Author)
Postdoctoral Thesis 512 Pages


Form-Focused Instruction and the Advanced Language Learner looks at the role of FFI at higher levels of foreign language learning. It argues that – contrary to a common belief – there are aspects of grammar to be taught to the proficient FL user. While such a learner may be familiar with formal properties of different structures, (s)he still needs to focus on the semantics of target language grammar. Considering this, the book investigates the efficiency of a FFI treatment called Organic Approach Deductivised or 3-D language pedagogy, devised to teach the semantics of the English tense-and-aspect system to the advanced EFL learner. In doing so, the book takes the reader through different aspects of focus on form, looking at the semantics of the English time talk from the cognitive perspective.


ISBN (Hardcover)
Publication date
2012 (August)
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2011. 510 pp., num. tables and graphs

Biographical notes

Anna Turula (Author)

Anna Turula holds a PhD in applied linguistics. She has more than 20 years experience in teaching English as a foreign language and has worked in TEFL teacher training for more than 10 years. At present, she is head of the Department of Modern Languages and Literature and a teacher trainer at the College of Foreign Languages, Czestochowa (Poland).


Title: Form-Focused Instruction and the Advanced Language Learner