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ERIC Number: EJ1051552
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1657-0790
Authentic Oral Interaction in the EFL Class: What It Means, What It Does Not (La interacción oral auténtica en la clase de inglés: lo que significa y lo que no)
HerazoRivera, José David
PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, v12 n1 p47-61 2010
The communicative approach in EFL education has generated a concern for the development of communication in the foreign language classroom within which the promotion of oral interaction is usually paramount. However, what constitutes authentic oral interaction is sometimes not clearly understood and some of the activities that take place in the classroom seem unlikely to generate meaningful opportunities for the development of oral interaction. To address this gap, this paper characterizes four samples of oral communication exchanges that occur in Colombian EFL secondary school classrooms in Montería and discusses their effectiveness for developing meaningful oral production in both student-student and teacher-student interaction. The paper has two main sections: the first is devoted to the analysis of student-student interaction, and the second to discussing teacher-student exchanges.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education; Grade 6; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools; Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Colombia
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