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ERIC Number: ED401759
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 17
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Dictogloss: Is It an Effective Language Learning Task?
Nabei, Toshiyo
Working Papers in Educational Linguistics, v12 n1 p59-74 Spr 1996
A study examined second language learners' interaction in the interaction stage of dictogloss to see how it might facilitate language learning. Dictogloss, a class activity, involves the teacher reading a passage aloud in class at natural speed, students taking notes for reconstruction, and students producing, in pairs or small groups, their own grammatically correct version, which is then analyzed and corrected by the whole class. Subjects were four adult students in an intensive English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) class. Students worked as pairs, then as a group of four. English-language interactions of the groups were analyzed for occurrence of Critical Language-Related Episodes (CLREs) (meaning-based, grammatical, and orthographic) reflecting attention to or negotiation of those language skills. About half of the 43 CLREs identified were grammar-related and 15 were meaning-based. The grammatical episodes showed the most variation, and meaning-based episodes largely were for confirmation of original passage meanings. The patterns of CLREs indicates that the task does facilitate discussion of both meaning and form and has a process different from that of the jig-saw exercise. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
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Language: English
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