Second Language Task-Based Performance is the first book to synthesize Peter Skehan’s theoretical and empirical contributions all in one place. With three distinct themes explored in each section (theory, empirical studies, and assessment), Skehan’s influential body of work is organized in such a way that it provides an updated reflection on the material and makes it relevant to today’s researchers. Also in each section, an early publication is matched by at least one later publication, followed by a newly written commentary chapter, the combination of which provides the important function of offering a wider-ranging discussion. This book is an invaluable resource for researchers interested in second language task-based research or SLA more generally.

chapter 1|6 pages

The Road to This Book

part I|118 pages


chapter 3|20 pages

Modelling Second Language Performance

Integrating Complexity, Accuracy, Fluency, and Lexis

chapter 4|28 pages

Limited Attention Capacity and Cognition

Two Hypotheses Regarding Second Language Performance on Tasks 1

chapter 5|42 pages

Reflections on Part I, Theory

part III|64 pages

Testing and Assessment