Authors: Dr. Lai Ching Ching
The present study compared the immediate and overtime effectiveness of implicit and explicit recasts on Hong Kong learners’ use of past tense in their spoken narratives elicited from cartoon strips. The study found that both recasts were more effective than no feedback on past tense in the short term. Opposite to what was hypothesized, only the effectiveness of implicit recasts sustained overtime; and implicit and explicit recasts were not significantly different from each other at any time. The issues of context and saliency are being discussed.
Keywords: recasts, Hong Kong, context, saliency