ERIC Number: ED309642
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-May
Reference Count: N/A
Academic Language Talk: Significant Features in the Responses of L1/L2 "Effective Communicators."
Simich-Dudgeon, Carmen; And Others
A 3-year study was undertaken to identify the salient features of verbal academic (math and science) language performance of third- and sixth-grade students. The investigation classified both native and nonnative English-speaking students as either effective communicators/responders or unsuccessful communicators/responders. The study examined teacher-student communication during "verification of learning" activities, lesson segments in which the teacher checks student learning through one or more series of topic-related question-response-evaluation exchanges. Data collection took place in two Virginia public schools with high concentrations of ethnic and minority populations. The study report contains three parts. The first part outlines the study's methodology for analyzing the topical and functional aspects of the verbal interactive work of the teachers and students. The second presents the results of interviews eliciting students' and teachers' understanding of the function and process of verification of learning activities. The third examines the more specific linguistic and interactional characteristics of the turns-at-talk within each interactive task under consideration. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC. Center for Language Education and Research.