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ERIC Number: EJ1094822
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1946-3014
Dropping the Devil's Advocate: One Novice Language Tester's Shifting Interactional Practices across a Series of Speaking Tests
Leyland, Christopher; Greer, Tim; Rettig-Miki, Ellen
Classroom Discourse, v7 n1 p85-107 2016
This study employs longitudinal Conversation Analysis (CA) to examine one TA's follow-up contributions in a series of EFL group discussion tests. By tracking the TA's interactional practices across 18 groups, we observe how she adapts her turn design by increasingly aligning towards that of the novice English speakers. The TA initially attempts to make use of rhetorical discourse structures, such as by playing devil's advocate and providing up-shot summaries of the test-takers' prior talk; however, a detailed sequential analysis of the talk reveals that such strategies do not generate significant follow-up turns from the students. Adopting a longitudinal CA approach demonstrates the way the TA, as a novice language teacher, develops her pedagogical tactics "in situ" according to the style and level of the students with whom she is interacting. As such, the study provides insight into one novice professional's natural acquisition of teaching skills, and, more generally, into the way that speakers adapt their interactional practices across multiple and subsequent episodes of a given conversation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Japan
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