Production of future forms by L2 English learners

Sabrina Mossman, University of Texas at El Paso


This study examines forms of future expression used by L2 English learners, which can be different from those used by native English speakers. Three types of data were collected for this study—language produced daily by L2 English learners in an ESL classroom, language produced in response to open questions in an interview, and language produced in a Discourse Completion Task (DCT). Twenty-six ESL learners from multiple language backgrounds participated in the interview and DCT portions of the study. Of these twenty-six, five also participated in the classroom production portion. Twenty-seven native speakers acted as a control group. The results of the study show that L2 learners use will in its uncontracted form in contexts where native-speakers generally do not. ^

Subject Area

Education, Bilingual and Multicultural|Language, Linguistics

Recommended Citation

Mossman, Sabrina, "Production of future forms by L2 English learners" (2009). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI1465260.