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ERIC Number: ED463676
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
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The Value of an Additional Native Speaker in the English Language Classroom.
Lynch, Tony; Anderson, Kenneth
Edinburgh Working Papers in Applied Linguistics, n11 p69-80 2001
Learners of English in the United Kingdom find that the language they hear in the classroom is different from native speech outside the classroom. Previous participants in Scotland's Institute for Applied Linguistics Studies summer pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes program had requested more opportunities to talk with native speakers in order to practice their oral communication skills. With that mind, a non-teacher course assistant was hired to take part in speaking classes and to chat with students during breaks. This paper reports findings of a study of student-teacher and student-assistant talk, based on recordings made in one type of speaking lesson. A post-course questionnaire was also completed to compare students' interactions with the teacher and the assistant. Results indicated that even in class, interaction with the assistant gave students the opportunity for different sorts of talk than they had with the teacher. Having a classroom assistant made a notable difference to both the distribution and the nature of native speaker-student interaction in class. The assistant also increased the amount of speaking practice outside class. An appendix presents the research questionnaire. (Contains 13 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom