ERIC Number: ED421887
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-May
Questions of Presentation: Evaluating Success in EAP Seminar Skills Classes.
Edinburgh Working Papers in Applied Linguistics, n9 p52-62 1998
This study tested the utility of an approach to analyzing second language learners' listening skills in the context of a classroom discussion ("two-way listening skills"). The approach used was the Communicative Outcome system, which shifts the focus in discourse analysis from counting of tokens of negotiation to evaluation of what participants actually achieved. The system was used to analyze routine classroom interactions of a native Japanese-speaking undergraduate student in a seminar skills course in English for academic purposes. The approach was found useful in underlining that learners' performance should indeed be evaluated in qualitative terms (i.e., communication success) as well as quantitatively (i.e., in terms of presence or absence of meaning negotiation). The perceived value of the approach is used as a means for the teacher of gaining feedback on student learning, not for evaluation purposes. It offers a simple means of coding the process and outcome of learner-to-learner discussion, which teachers can use to monitor differences in the effectiveness with which learners deal with questions and discussion points, and then to provide them with feedback. (Contains 28 references.) (MSE)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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