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ERIC Number: EJ1103312
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-May
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1072-4303
The Occurrence and the Success Rate of Self-Initiated Self-Repair
Sato, Rintaro; Takatsuka, Shigenobu
TESL-EJ, v20 n1 May 2016
Errors naturally appear in spontaneous speeches and conversations. Particularly in a second or foreign language, it is only natural that mistakes happen as a part of the learning process. After an inappropriate expression is detected, it can be corrected. This act of correcting can be initiated either by the speaker (non-native speaker) or the recipient. The former phenomenon is referred to in second language acquisition (SLA) research as self-initiated self-completed repair. This study examined whether the occurrence and the success rate of self-initiated self-repair by 32 Japanese senior high school learners are influenced by grammatical difficulty of triggers (initial errors or mistakes). The results showed the high success rate of self-initiated self-repair regardless of grammatical difficulty of triggers, which implies the importance of creating situations where students can self-initiate to repair their own errors and mistakes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Japan
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