Complexity, Accuracy and Fluency in Second Language Acquisition

Alex Housen, Folkert Kuiken, Jane Zuengler (Editor), Ken Hyland (Editor)

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Abstract

In this article, we trace the historical origins of complexity, accuracy and fluency (CAF) as major dimensions of second language (L2) proficiency in research on applied linguistics, second language research and second language pedagogy. We also aim to provide notional definitions of these three constructs, and take a critical look at how they have been operationalized in the research literature.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)461-473
Number of pages13
JournalApplied Linguistics
Volume30
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2 Dec 2009

Bibliographical note

Jane Zuengler & Ken Hyland

Keywords

  • Second Language Acquisition
  • language learning
  • Language accuracy
  • Language complexity
  • Language fluency
  • Language proficiency

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