ERIC Number: ED176581
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Jun
Reference Count: 0
A Study of Interaction Patterns and L2 Competence.
Seliger, Herbert W.
Six adult students of English as a second language were ranked according to individual input into classroom oral interaction. Four hypotheses were then tested, regarding correlation between degree of input generation on the one hand and achievement and performance on the other. It was found that: (1) high input generators (HIGs) performed better than low input generatore (LIGs) on a course final examination, (2) a Language Contact Profile revealed that HIGs had the greater amount of contact with English speakers, (3) HIGs did not perform significantly better on a cloze test than LIGs, and (4) results of the Group Embedded Figures Test partially supported the notion that LIGs are characterized by greater field dependence than HIGs. These results suggest a pedagogically useful division of language learners into those who take an active and those who take a passive approach to their learning task. (JB)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Cloze Procedure, Communicative Competence (Languages), English (Second Language), Interaction Process Analysis, Language Research, Language Tests, Learning Processes, Linguistic Competence, Second Language Learning, Speech Communication, Student Participation, Student Teacher Relationship, Test Results
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Los Angeles Second Language Research Forum (1st, Los Angeles, California, February 11-13, 1977)