Dating in Dutch: An Argumentative Task
In this task the learner does...
In the dating argumentative tasks, learners try to decide which contestants on a dating show would make the best couple.
Other - Standalone task (Used for task complexity research)
Focus on meaning
Reliance on learners' own resources
To describe an object, person or place
To make a decision or choice
To reach an agreement
To formulate an argument
Language Skills Practiced
The task centers around comparing which people on a dating show are most compatible given their personal characteristics.
Linguistic competence (ability to communicate with grammatical accuracy)
Discourse competence (ability to communicate in cohesive and coherent ways)
Strategic competence (ability to solve communication issues as they arise)
Establishing relationships and associations
Mode of Communication
Face-to-face (in person)
Hybrid of face-to-face and in person
Other - This was originally implemented with individual learners or pairs of learners.
Type of Participation
Focused or Unfocused
Unfocused task (no specific language focus)
Kind of Input
Original/educational (input created by teachers for L2 students)
Type of Input
Aural (listening) input
Type of Output
Type of Task
Comparing and Contrasting
Numerous elements - Six contestants in the complex task and four contestants in the simple task
One-way information flow (monologic)
Two/multiple-way information flow (dialogic)
Equal participant status/knowledge required/assumed
No - I didn't follow a particular framework
Learner Individual Differences
Second/additional language learners
Other - Learners were attending or had finished higher levels of education.
School setting -
Research setting -
Used in Research?
This argumentative dating task could be completed individually or in pairs. The task originally took place with second language learners of Dutch. Michel, M.C. (2011). Effects of task complexity and interaction on L2-performance. In P. Robinson (Ed.), Second language task complexity: Researching the Cognition Hypothesis of language learning and performance (pp. 141-1173). John Benjamins Publishing Company. Also, in: Michel, M. (2013). Effects of task complexity on the use of conjunctions in L2 task performance. The Modern Language Journal, 97(1), 178-195.
Available on IRIS?
Yes - https://www.iris-database.org/iris/app/home/detail?id=york%3a795877&ref=search
Part of a series?
Yes (please provide details) This dating couple task was also implemented in conjunction with a similar study exchange couple task.
Task Bank Assistant
Other - Task Bank Assistant - Derek Reagan
Other - Created and Used by Marije Michel (uploaded by Derek Reagan)