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Roger Gilabert, University of Barcelona, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Marije Michel, Lancaster University, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Andrea Révész, University College London, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The goal of this ReN is to promote consistency in the way in which task-based research operationalizes independent and dependent variables.

Research on how task-related factors affects language use and language learning has been a productive strand in instructed second language acquisition (SLA) research in recent years. However, while there have been considerable advances in our understanding of task variables, the field still has a scattered research agenda. Extant research involves diverse ways of operationalizing task-related factors and encompasses variables such as task type, task complexity, task sequencing, and planning time. Dependent measures of task performance and second language learning have also varied greatly. With a paucity of replication studies, a proliferation of task variables, and performance measures, it is almost impossible to compare and evaluate the existing work and to come to a synthesized understanding of how task factors relate to second language use and SLA.

The activities planned in conjunction with this ReN aim to bring to light these issues and foster collaboration in strengthening what we know about the way in which task factors, language production, and language learning are linked.

Our first planned activity is a colloquium at the upcoming Task-Based Language Teaching conference in Leuven, organized by Drs. John Norris (Georgetown University) and Mike Long (University of Maryland). The topic addresses the following:

Narrative reviews and a recent research synthesis have found results from over 250 studies of task complexity to date hard to interpret because researchers employ so many different definitions of terms, research designs, variables, and measures. As in other disciplines, a collaborative research network (CRN) could improve the quality and yield of future research on this and other problems in SLA, applied linguistics, and TBLT. Voluntary membership in a network of established researchers could speed up progress through pooling ideas, facilities, expertise, research participants, data and funding sources, by facilitating replication studies, and generally making the international research effort cumulative.

For more information on this colloquium as well as details of the papers to be presented, please visit

Our ReN will meet at the EuroSLA 2016 and AILA 2017 conferences. These meetings (and planned research) are for the purpose of developing a common research agenda for task-based scholarship.

At present, the ReN’s members are:

From Belgium:

Bram Bulté, Free University Brussels

Koen van Gorp, University of Leuven

Alex Housen, Free University Brussels

Elke Peters, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven


From Italy:

Gabriele Pallotti, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia


From Japan:

Peter Robinson, Aoyama Gakuin University

Daniel O. Jackson, Kanda University of International Studies


From The Netherlands:

Marrit van de Guchte, University of Amsterdam

Nel de Jong, Free University of Amsterdam

Ineke Vedder, University of Amsterdam


From New Zealand:

Rosemary Erlam, University of Auckland


From Spain:

Roger Gilabert Guerrero, University of Barcelona

Mayya Levkina, University of Barcelona

Aleksandra Malicka, University of Barcelona

Lena Vasylets, University of Barcelona


From the United Kingdom:

Jookyoung Jung, University College London

Judit Kormos, Lancaster University

Nektaria Kourtali, University College London

Marije Michel, Lancaster University

Jenefer Philp, Lancaster University

Andrea Révész, University College London

Parvaneh Tavakoli, University of Reading

Clare Wright, University of Reading


From the United States of America:

Melissa Baralt, Florida International University

Minyoung Cho, University of Hawai`i, Manoa

Marta Gonzalez Lloret, University of Hawai`i

Laura Gurzynski-Weiss, Indiana University

Jake Guyton, Florida International University

YouJin Kim, Georgia State University

Shawn Loewen, Michigan State University

Michael H Long, University of Maryland

José Morcillo Gómez, Florida International University

John Norris, Georgetown University

Lourdes Ortega, Georgetown University

Rebecca Sachs, Virginia International University