ERIC Number: ED386029
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
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What Can Second Language Learners Learn from Each Other? Only Their Researcher Knows for Sure.
Pica, Teresa; And Others
University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Educational Linguistics, v11 n1 p1-36 Spr 1995
This study investigated whether second language (L2) learners' interaction with other learners is as effective as interaction with native speakers (NSs) in addressing three theoretical needs: (1) L2 input modified toward comprehensibility; (2) feedback focused on form; and (3) modification of output. The interactions of five dyads of English L2 learners were compared with those of five dyads of learners and English NSs on two communication tasks. Results revealed similarities in the types of modified output and feedback the learners were offered from other learners and NSs in their respective dyads, and in both the type and amount of output modification they produced. Differences were found in the amount of modified input the learners were provided, with less provided by other learners than by NSs. This suggests that while interaction between L2 learners can address some input, output, and feedback needs, it does not provide as much as interaction with NSs. Contains 63 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
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Note: For the complete volume in which this paper appears, see FL 023 186.